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Date: 1650

"His gay robe's lined with a restlesse mind"

— Baron, Robert (1630-1658)

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Date: 1651

"And as the Grindstone to unpolish'd Steel / Gives Edge, and Lustre: so my Mind, I feel / VVhetted, and glaz'd by Fortunes turning VVheel"

— Sherburne, Sir Edward (bap. 1616, d. 1702)

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Date: 1651

"'Tis but the Body that blind Fortunes spight / Can chain to Earth; the nobler Soul doth slight / Her servill Bonds, and takes to Heaven her flight."

— Sherburne, Sir Edward (bap. 1616, d. 1702)

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Date: 1651

"Why break'st thou not (my Soul) this Chain / Of Flesh? why lett'st thou that restrain / Thy nimble Flight into his Arms, / Whose only Look with gladness charms?"

— Sherburne, Sir Edward (bap. 1616, d. 1702)

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Date: 1651

"Now, treacherous Boy, thou hast me sure, / Playing the Wanton with my Heart, / As foolish Children that a Bird have got, / Slacken the Thread, but not unty the knot."

— Sherburne, Sir Edward (bap. 1616, d. 1702)

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Date: 1653

"Upon thine heart let me be put, / and set like as a seal; / And as a seal upon thine arme"

— Slater, Samuel (c.1629-1704)

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Date: 1653

"Thoughts as a Pen do write upon the Braine; / The Letters which wise Thoughts do write, are plaine."

— Cavendish, Margaret (1623-1673)

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Date: 1653

"Or Thoughts like Pencils draw still to the Life, / And Fancies mixt, as colours give delight."

— Cavendish, Margaret (1623-1673)

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Date: 1653

"Sad melancholy Thoughts are for Shadowes plac'd, / By which the lighter Fancies are more grac'd."

— Cavendish, Margaret (1623-1673)

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Date: 1687

"This Heart of mine, now wreck'd upon despair, / Was once as free and careless as the Air; / In th' early Morning of my tender years, / E're I was sensible of Hopes and Fears, / It floated in a Sea of Mirth and Ease, / And thought the World was only made to please; / No adverse Wind had ever stop...

— Cutts, John, Baron Cutts of Gowran (1660/1-1707)

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