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Date: 1599

"When a seal in Wax Impression makes..."

— Davies, Sir John (bap. 1569, d. 1626)

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Date: 1599

A Hecatean Hag may "Worke mindes as wax"

— Roche, Robert (1576-1629)

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Date: 1610

"How happy is he, which hath due place assigned / To his beasts, and disafforested his mind."

— Donne, John (1572-1631)

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Date: 1612

"Another part became the well of sense, / The tender well-arm'd feeling brain, from whence / Those sinewy strings, which do our bodies tie, / Are ravelled out, and fast there by one end, / Did this soul limbs, these limbs a soul attend."

— Donne, John (1572-1631)

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Date: 1632

"Looke as it is with a Gold smith that melteth the metall that he is to make a vessell of, if after the melting thereof, there follow a cooling, it had beene as good it had never beene melted, it is as hard, haply harder, as unfit, haply unfitter, then it was before to make vessell of; but after ...

— Hooker, Richard (1554-1600)

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Date: 1633

"If they be two, they are two so / As stiffe twin compasses are two, / Thy soule the fixt foot, makes no show / To move, but doth, if the'other doe."

— Donne, John (1572-1631)

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Date: 1635

"Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend, / But is captiv'd, and proves weak or untrue."

— Donne, John (1572-1631)

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Date: 1651

"By the apprehensive power we perceive the species of sensible things present, or absent, and retain them as wax doth the print of a seal."

— Burton, Robert (1577-1640)

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Date: 1651

"Memory lays up all the species which the senses have brought in, and records them as a good register, that they may be forthcoming when they are called for by phantasy and reason"

— Burton, Robert (1577-1640)

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Date: 1651

"This litigation of senses proceeds from an inhibition of spirits, the way being stopped by which they should come; this stopping is caused of vapours arising out of the stomach, filling the nerves, by which the spirits should be conveyed"

— Burton, Robert (1577-1640)

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