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Date: 1657

"Cupid denied of this did backward start, / And ran for hast to hide him in her heart, / Where he renewed fresh flames, and by delay, / So I corcht his wings he could not fly away / Thus force perforce in her my conquer'd breast / Is the poore Inne of such a God-borne guest, / Whom while I harbor...

— Bold, Henry (1627-1683)

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Date: 1661

"[T]hrough ev'ry Breast [Faith] goes, invades their Minds, which, all-possest / By her great Deitie, each Soul doth prove / Her Altar, burning by her Sacred Love"

— Ross, Thomas (bap. 1620, d. 1675)

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Date: 1667

"She that can Conquer, can reclaim a heart"

— Philips [née Fowler], Katherine (1632-1664)

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Date: 1667

One may scorn disguise and meaner Arts and "with a native Honour" conquer Hearts

— Philips [née Fowler], Katherine (1632-1664)

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Date: 1676

"Music so softens and disarms the mind."

— Etherege, Sir George (1636-1691/2)

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Date: 1676

"Would I had daggers, darts, or poisoned arrows in my breast, so I could but remove the thoughts of him from thence!"

— Etherege, Sir George (1636-1691/2)

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Date: 1681

"Men, manners, language, books of noblest kind" may be the the conquest of the mind

— Dryden, John (1631-1700)

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Date: 1682

"We are carry'd Up to the Heavens, and Down again into the Deep, by Turns; so long as we are govern'd by our Affections, and not by Virtue: Passion, and Reason, are a kind of Civil War within us; and as the one, or the other has Dominion, we are either Good, or Bad."

— L'Estrange, Sir Roger (1616-1704)

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Date: 1684

One may " Beget more Sighs then if with Arts / He should design to conquer Hearts"

— Behn, Aphra (1640?-1689)

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Date: 1684

One may "conquer a Heart with a Look or a Smile"

— Behn, Aphra (1640?-1689)

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