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Date: 1752

"Can you be free while passions rule you?"

— Cambridge, Richard Owen (1717-1802)

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Date: 1752, 1790

Apollo's "sacred fire" inspires the bard's breast, "Like the fair empty sheet he hangs to view, / Void, and unfurnish'd, till inspir'd by you."

— Jenyns, Soame (1704-1787)

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Date: 1752, 1790

"O let one beam, one kind inlightning ray / At once upon his mind and paper play!"

— Jenyns, Soame (1704-1787)

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Date: 1752

"The wise alone, / Who only bows to reason's throne; / Whom neither want, nor death, nor chains, / Nor subtle persecutor's pains, / Nor honours, wealth, nor lust can move / From virtue and his country's love."

— Cambridge, Richard Owen (1717-1802)

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Date: 1752

"In vain--The Master-Passion governs still, / And forces you to yield against your Will"

— Duncombe, John (1729-1786) [pseud.]

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Date: 1752

Pleasure is "the secret Spring that actuates man"

— Duncombe, John (1729-1786) [pseud.]

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Date: 1752

"Worse than the other--Whom, thus robb'd of Pow'r. / His former Passions fatally devour!"

— Duncombe, John (1729-1786) [pseud.]

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Date: 1752

"Weak, impotent, yet wishing to be free, / You are by much a greater Slave, than me; / A Slave, to ev'ry Gust that shakes your Mind, / Your Eyes broad open, and your Senses blind."

— Duncombe, John (1729-1786) [pseud.]

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Date: 1752

"Disguis'd in vain, wake from your foolish Dream, / And own yourself the very Slave you seem; / The Slave of Passion; which perverts Truth's Plan, / And sinks the virtuous in the vicious Man."

— Duncombe, John (1729-1786) [pseud.]

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Date: 1752

"Well! does that make you wise, / Or open on your Follies, Reason's Eyes!"

— Duncombe, John (1729-1786) [pseud.]

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