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Date: 1661

"What difference is there 'twixt a man and beast, / (None sure at all, or little to be guest) / If't wan't for Reason, and an immortal spark, / Which hides it self within his hollow Ark?"

— Pordage, Samuel (bap. 1633, d. c. 1691)

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Date: 1667

"Pray'r is a Coach which by the Spirit driven, / Hurries our Souls into the Courts of Heaven."

— Billingsley, Nicholas (bap. 1633, d. 1709)

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Date: 1667

Conscience is "the Souls Anchor"

— Billingsley, Nicholas (bap. 1633, d. 1709)

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Date: 1667

"But he that shipwracks a good Conscience shall / Let in great riches, but the Devil withal"

— Billingsley, Nicholas (bap. 1633, d. 1709)

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Date: 1677

"O whither will my minde with wavering sail, / When a Disease shall over me prevail?"

— Speed, Samuel (bap. 1633, d. 1679?)

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Date: 1688

"Here's Cavities, says one; and here, says he, / Is th' Seat of Fancy, Judgment, Memory: / Here, says another, is the fertile Womb, / From whence the Spirits Animal do come, / Which are mysteriously ingender'd here, / Of Spirits from Arterious Blood and Air: / Here, said a third, Life made her fi...

— Barker, Jane (1675-1743)

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Date: 1691

"If Old and New i'th Brain together crowd, / How is it Room and Peace is them allow'd? /How do they and their Equipages come? /For if Material, they must take up room. / And tract of Time would hoard up such a Crop, / The crowded Atoms would the Channels stop, / And choke the Passages of Vision up."

— Heyrick, Thomas (bap. 1649. d. 1694)

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Date: 1691

"For wheresoe'r We look's an unknown Coast, / Our Mind perplex'd in endless Storms is tost; / And in th' Abyss all Wit and Learning lost."

— Heyrick, Thomas (bap. 1649. d. 1694)

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Date: 1700

The "Trading Mind" must voyage over an Ocean, but "Resisting Rocks oppose th' Inquiring Soul, / And adverse Waves retard it as they Rowl."

— Pomfret, John (1667-1702)

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Date: 1709

Some will tell us "What all our Senseless Dreams import, / Drest in a Thousand various Shapes, / Centaures, Chimæras, Bulls and Apes, / When Fancy is dispos'd her Airyship to Sport."

— Gould, Robert (b. 1660?, d. in or before 1709)

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