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Date: 1699

"Our prepossessions and Affections bind / The Soul in Chains and lord it o'er the Mind."

— Pomfret, John (1667-1702)

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Date: 1700

"No shackling Rhyme chain'd the free Poets mind; / Majestick was his Style, and unconfin'd."

— Cobb, Samuel (bap. 1675, d. 1713)

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Date: 1700

"What's all the noisy Jargon of the Schools, / But idle Nonsense of laborious Fools, / Who fetter Reason with perplexing Rules."

— Pomfret, John (1667-1702)

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Date: 1700

"We seldome use our Liberty aright, / Nor Judge of Things by Universal Light; / Our Prepossessions and Affections bind / The Soul in Chains, and Lord it o're the Mind."

— Pomfret, John (1667-1702)

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Date: 1703

"Kings may our Hands with Iron Fetters bind, / With Chains severer, you secure the Mind."

— Oldmixon, John (1672/3-1742)

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Date: 1703

"Weary'd at last, curst Hymen's Aid I chose; / But find the fetter'd Soul has no Repose."

— Egerton [née Fyge; other married name Field], Sarah (1670-1723)

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Date: 1703

"Kings may our Hands with Iron Fetters bind, / With Chains severer, you secure the Mind."

— Oldmixon, John (1672/3-1742)

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Date: 1703

"So low it [my Condition] sinks me, by my Stile you'll find, / My Body's less in bondage than my Mind."

— Oldmixon, John (1672/3-1742)

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Date: 1703

"Man in himself a little World contains / A Soul not subject or to Bonds or Chains."

— Oldmixon, John (1672/3-1742)

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Date: 1703

"Ye holy Souls, who from your Bondage free, / Have reach'd th' inmost Mansions of the Skie, / And there, those dazling Glories see, / Which lie / Beyond the utmost Ken of a weak mortal Eye."

— Chudleigh [née Lee], Mary, Lady Chudleigh (bap. 1656, d. 1710)

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