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Date: 1801

"Remorseless fury steel'd each rugged breast"

— Burges, Sir James Bland (1752-1824)

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Date: 1801

"Some fickle creatures boast a soul / True as the needle to the pole; / Yet shifting, like the weather, / The needle's constancy forego / For any novelty, and show / Its variations rather."

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: December 18, 1802

"Then Addington, thy rigour quit, / Nor boast the iron heart of P---;"

— Wolcot, John, pseud. Peter Pindar, (1738-1819)

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Date: 1802

"Is prouder yet in sterling worth to shine, / Stamp'd by the friendship of a mind like thine"

— Pye, Henry James (1745-1813)

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Date: 1800-1803

"And these are the gems of the Human Soul"

— Blake, William (1757-1827)

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Date: 1800-1803

"The countless gold of the akeing heart"

— Blake, William (1757-1827)

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Date: 1803

"What though Astrea decks my soul in gold, / My mortal lumber trembles with the cold;"

— Chatterton, Thomas (1752-1770)

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Date: 1803

"How shall I touch his iron soul with pain, / Who hears unmoved a multitude complain?"

— Chatterton, Thomas (1752-1770)

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Date: 1803

"The polish'd links that form the social chain, / For ages still to ages may remain / Nor snapt by rage, nor undermin'd by art, / If well the rivets join in every part; / But if those links that would the peasant bind, / Gall his chaf'd body, and corrode his mind, / The poor man's iron, and the r...

— Pratt, Samuel Jackson [pseud. Courtney Melmoth] (1749-1814)

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Date: 1803

"Charms with soft words, and sooths with amorous wiles, / Her iron-hearted Lord,--and Pluto smiles."

— Darwin, Erasmus (1731-1802)

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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.