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Date: w. 1687 [published 1907]

"Yet potent Nature frankly has bestow'd / Such various gifts amongst the mingl'd Crowd, */ That I believe, the dullest of the kind, / Wou'd he but Husband and Manure his Mind,* / Might find some Exce'llence there, which well-improv'd / At home might make him Pleas'd, in public Lov'd."

— Prior, Matthew (1664-1721)

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Date: 1692

"And all was conquer'd but the Patriot's Mind."

— Prior, Matthew (1664-1721)

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Date: 1692

"At Distance thro' an artful Glass / To the Mind's Eye Things well appear."

— Prior, Matthew (1664-1721)

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Date: 1692

"Fancies and Notions he pursues, / Which ne'er had Being but in Thought: / Each, like the Grecian Artist, woo's / The Image He himself has wrought."

— Prior, Matthew (1664-1721)

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Date: c. 1695-8 [published 1907]

"Others in Time a heart may gain / By Treaty or Perswasion, / Their Conquests They by Siege obtain."

— Prior, Matthew (1664-1721)

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Date: c. 1695-8 [published 1907]

"You o'er my heart were born to reign / And bravely took it by Invasion."

— Prior, Matthew (1664-1721)

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Date: 1697

"The Soul is placed in the Body like a rough Diamond and must be polish'd, or the lustre of it will never appear."

— Defoe, Daniel (1660?-1731)

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Date: w. 1694-1698, 1989

"Wn to my soul thou'st spoken peace / When from its bonds thou wilt my soul release / all my mourning then shall cease."

— Parnell, Thomas (1679-1718)

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Date: 1700

"August and Open, as the Hero's Mind, / Be her capacious Courts design'd."

— Prior, Matthew (1664-1721)

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Date: 1700

The "Great Father's Character" may be found "Visibly stampt upon the Hero's mind."

— Prior, Matthew (1664-1721)

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