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Date: 1814, 1816, 1896

"Requiring breast of steel, and front of brass, / To make plebeian pow'rs, uninjur'd, pass."

— Woodhouse, James (bap. 1735, d. 1820)

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Date: 1814, 1816, 1896

"No Soul should mix among the courtly Train, ... Among the higher, or the lower, Class, / Whose breast's not form'd of steel, and front of brass!"

— Woodhouse, James (bap. 1735, d. 1820)

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Date: 1814, 1816, 1896

"Your iron hearts o'er misery never melt, / Nor feel the thrillings her pure pity felt!"

— Woodhouse, James (bap. 1735, d. 1820)

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Date: 1814, 1816, 1896

"Oft curv'd his neck, borne down by injur'd heart-- / Steel'd his torn breast to bear sarcastic dart--"

— Woodhouse, James (bap. 1735, d. 1820)

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Date: 1814, 1816, 1896

"It cannot be but Fortitude will feel / And arm her face with flint, her heart with steel!"

— Woodhouse, James (bap. 1735, d. 1820)

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Date: 1814, 1816, 1896

"What strange astonishment such Fools must feel / When told her Heart was hard as temper'd steel;"

— Woodhouse, James (bap. 1735, d. 1820)

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Date: 1814, 1816, 1896

"These, when impeachments, false, his feelings pain'd, / Authority still strengthen'd--pow'r maintain'd-- / Oft curv'd his neck, borne down by injur'd heart-- / Steel'd his torn breast to bear sarcastic dart--"

— Woodhouse, James (bap. 1735, d. 1820)

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Date: 1814, 1816, 1896

"But, led by twilight lantern's twinkling pow'rs, / To guard such godlike Creatures' dozing hours, / For crumbs scrap'ed up, and dealt in scanty doles, / Just soldering Bodies, and cementing Souls!"

— Woodhouse, James (bap. 1735, d. 1820)

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Date: 1814, 1816, 1896

"While all their [ideas'] features, fine; complexions, pure, / Neglected rust--nor long their dates endure--"

— Woodhouse, James (bap. 1735, d. 1820)

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Date: 1815

"I know full well you cannot steel / Your breast, against the pains I feel"

— Combe, William (1742 -1823)

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