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Date: 1733-5

"[Love's] Pleasures have so many Pains, / And leave such Stings behind, / That I'm resolv'd to quit the Chains, / And free my captive Mind."

— Bowden, Samuel (fl. 1733-1761)

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Date: 1733

"For well you twist the secret chains that bind / With gentle force the captivated mind."

— Lyttleton, George, 1st Baron Lyttleton (1709-1773)

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Date: 1734

"Hail, holy souls, no more confin'd / To limbs and bones that clog the mind; / Ye have escap'd the snares, and left the chains behind."

— Watts, Isaac (1674-1748)

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Date: 1734 [1735?]

"Slave to thy self, whilst Lord of all beside, / Surmount thy Weakness, or renounce thy Pride."

— Paget, Thomas Catesby, Lord Paget (1689-1742)

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Date: 1734, 1753

"Bold, in your guarded strength, your heart unbind, / And, to be safe--suppose yourself all mind."

— Hill, Aaron (1685-1750)

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Date: 1702 [1735, 1779, 1779-80, 1790]

"O generous Sympathy, that binds / In Chains unseen the bravest Minds!"

— Hughes, John (1678?-1720)

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Date: 1735

"Affection is the Chain of grateful Minds."

— Hughes, John (1678?-1720)

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Date: w. before June 1735?

"Let vows or benefits the vulgar bind, / Such ties can never chain th' intrepid mind."

— Montagu, Lady Mary Wortley [née Lady Mary Pierrepont] (1689-1762)

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Date: 1737

"Brave Souls when loos'd from this ignoble Chain / Of Clay, and sent to their own Heav'n again, / From Earth's gross Orb on Virtue's Pinions rise / In Æther wanton, and enjoy the Skies."

— Baker, Henry (1698-1774)

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Date: 1739

"Ye happy minds, that free from mortal chains, / Possess the realms where boundless pleasure reigns, / That feel the force of those immortal fires, / And reach the bliss, to which my soul aspires."

— Rowe [née Singer], Elizabeth (1674-1737)

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