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Date: 1773

"Winter austere forbids me to aspire, / And northern tempests damp the rising fire; / They chill the tides of Fancy's flowing sea, / Cease then, my song, cease the unequal lay."

— Wheatley, Phillis (c.1753–1784)

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Date: 1782

The swell of pity may not be confined with "the scanty limits of the mind"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1782

Time is a river that fails to enrich the mind and "leaves a dreary waste behind"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1791

The mind may be milky

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1791

One may have a "milky mind"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1791

One may bear a "milky mind"

— 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: 1815

The wavering motions of the mind are like "quivering light" reflected off a confined "crystal flood" in a brass cistern

— 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.