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Date: 1684

"[T]ake this Life, whose chiefest part / I gave you with the Conquest of my Heart"

— Behn, Aphra (1640?-1689)

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Date: 1684

One may be born by Love's wing "from his Conquer'd broken Hearts, / To the next Fair and Yeilding She"

— Behn, Aphra (1640?-1689)

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Date: 1686

"But now Within there's Civil War, / In Arms my rebel Passions are, / Their old Allegiance laid aside"

— Flatman, Thomas (1635-1688)

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Date: 1688

"I must confess you're wondrous fair, / And know, to conquer such a Heart"

— Behn, Aphra (1640?-1689)

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Date: 1689

The pen "Conquers Hearts with soft prevailing Force"

— Behn, Aphra (1640?-1689)

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Date: 1689

"She's fair enough, only she wants the art / To set her Beauties off as they can doe, / And that's the cause she ne'er heard any woo, / Nor ever yet made conquest of a heart."

— Cotton, Charles (1630-1687)

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Date: 1689

And yet there is, there is one prize / Lock'd in an adamantine Breast; / Storm that then, Love, if thou be'st wise, / A Conquest above all the rest, / Her Heart, who binds all Hearts in chains, / Castanna's Heart untouch'd remains."

— Cotton, Charles (1630-1687)

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Date: 1690

"Here satiate all your fury; / Let fortune empty her whole Quiver on me, / I have a Soul, that like an ample Shield / Can take in all; and verge enough for more."

— Dryden, John (1631-1700)

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Date: 1690

"Impossible! / Souls know no Conquerors."

— Dryden, John (1631-1700)

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Date: 1690

"Here satiate all your fury; / Let fortune empty her whole Quiver on me, / I have a Soul, that like an ample Shield / Can take in all; and verge enough for more."

— Dryden, John (1631-1700)

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