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Date: February 3, 1788

"The spirit of the Gospel 'proclaims liberty to the captive, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound:' but these men rivet the chains of slavery; 'the iron enters into the Negro's soul,' while while his mind is left in all the darkness of ignorance, without one ray of those comforts ...

— Agutter, William (1758-835)

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Date: 1789?

"If conscious Genius stamp their chosen breast, / And on the forehead show her seal impressed."

— Bowles, William Lisle (1762-1850)

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Date: 1790

"In the deep caverns of Despair ye lay: / She, iron-hearted mother, never pressed / Your wasted forms with transport to her breast."

— Bowles, William Lisle (1762-1850)

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Date: 1794

"Never shall time from my fond heart efface / His image"

— Bowles, William Lisle (1762-1850)

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Date: April 1806

"Come, peace of mind, delightful guest! / Oh, come, and make thy downy nest / Once more on his sad heart!"

— Bowles, William Lisle (1762-1850)

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Date: 1806

" I pour'd the cold waters of Malvern in vain; / Was sad in the crowd, where each heart was a stranger"

— Bowles, William Lisle (1762-1850)

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Date: 1809

"Still may she [Fancy] rule the manly mind; / Her sweetest magic still impart / To soften, not subdue, the heart: / Still may she warm the chosen breast, /Not as the sovereign, but the guest."

— Bowles, William Lisle (1762-1850)

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Date: 1815?

There are "thoughts that dwell /Deep in the lonely bosom's inmost cell / Unnoticed, and unknown, too painful wake, / And, like a tempest, the dark spirit shake, / When, starting from our slumberous apathy, / We gaze upon the scenes of days gone by."

— Bowles, William Lisle (1762-1850)

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Date: 1822

"He rose / Disturbed and frowning, for tumultuous thoughts / Crowded like night upon his heart"

— Bowles, William Lisle (1762-1850)

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Date: 1833

"It was the coinage of the aged brain, / When sadness and the sense of loneliness / Oppress the weary heart!"

— Bowles, William Lisle (1762-1850)

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