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Date: w. 1702-1713, 1989

"His life proves restless & his labour vain / By hurrying after Phantomes of the brain."

— Parnell, Thomas (1679-1718)

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Date: w. 1702-1713, 1989

"So the brave Falcon when its glorys fade / When its strong wings their generous forces shed / The vacant holds ignobler birds supply / With Ravens feathers impd she mounts on high / & weak or giddy strayes along the sky."

— Parnell, Thomas (1679-1718)

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Date: w. 1702, 1713

"Fair Ideas in full Glory shine, / Eternal Models of exalted Parts, / The Pride of Minds, and Conquerors of Hearts."

— Parnell, Thomas (1679-1718)

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Date: w. 1702, 1713

"Here forc'd Description is so strangely wrought, / It never stamps its Image on the Thought"

— Parnell, Thomas (1679-1718)

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Date: 1702-1713, 1989

"The tyrant passions tread fair meritt down / & their proud thrones erect above the crown"

— Parnell, Thomas (1679-1718)

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Date: w. 1702-1713

"Loos'd from ye chains of flesh his freer mind / Rose up to sacred love, / To perfect saint or seraphim refin'd, / Quitting his lump of clay, / As subtle spirits fume away / Loos'd from their earth they upward mount, they flye, / They light, they shine, & blaze along the skye."

— Parnell, Thomas (1679-1718)

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Date: 1713-1714

"Who wrote all this--Who more than this designd / All fine impressions of Celestial mind."

— Parnell, Thomas (1679-1718)

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Date: w. before 1717? (first published 1989)

"But he who servily can wish or grieve / For that which is not in his powr to give / Casts off the firmness wch shoud make him great / the strongest shield we can oppose to fate / letts inclinations grow & thus he weaves / Those very bonds which keep us passions slaves."

— Parnell, Thomas (1679-1718)

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Date: w. 1713-1718?, 1989

"If I cant have the pleasure to conquer yr heart / I shall have some at least in complaining."

— Parnell, Thomas (1679-1718)

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Date: 1720, 1735

A banker's soul may be "Weigh'd in the Ballance, and found Light."

— Swift, Jonathan (1667-1745)

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