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Date: w. 1779, published 1800

"His iron-heart with Scripture he assail'd, / Woo'd him to hear a sermon, and prevail'd."

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: w. 1779, published 1800

"Now strike me to the ground, on which I kneel, / Ere yet this heart relapses into steel;"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1801

The "yielding mind" may be stamped

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1801

The mind's fires may be doubled

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1801

"Pursue the theme, and you shall find ... after summing all the rest, / Religion ruling in the breast / A principal ingredient."

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1801

"Some fickle creatures boast a soul / True as the needle to the pole; / Yet shifting, like the weather, / The needle's constancy forego / For any novelty, and show / Its variations rather."

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1801

"My soul her bondage ill endures; / I pant for liberty like yours."

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1803

Thoughts may float on the surface of the mind

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1803

The mind may feel a "smart"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1803

The "noxious poppy" is a "quencher of the mind"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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