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Date: 1671

"But he though blind of sight, / Despis'd and thought extinguish't quite, / With inward eyes illuminated / His fierie vertue rouz'd / From under ashes into sudden flame"

— Milton, John (1608-1674)

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Date: 1673, 1684

"Th' illiterate Writer, Emperique like, applies / To minds diseas'd, unsafe, chance Remedies."

— Dryden, John (1631-1700)

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Date: 1679

"I'le praise his Name, who hath reveal'd / To me his everlasting Love, / Who with his stripes my Soul hath heal'd."

— Keach, Benjamin (1640-1704)

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Date: 1679

"As soon as e're the Soul its Eye doth set / Upon his face, or of it takes a view, / They'l cleave to him, whatever doth in sue."

— Keach, Benjamin (1640-1704)

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Date: 1679, 1707

"Prosperity's Repasts puff up the Mind / With unsubstantial and unwholesom Wind."

— Anonymous

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Date: 1681

"When will our reason's long-charmed eyes unclose, / And Israel judge between her friends and foes?"

— Dryden, John (1631-1700)

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Date: 1683

"Pythagoras saw Hesiod's Soul ty'd / To Brass-Pillars, wept and cry'd;"

— Dixon, Robert (1614/15-1688).

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Date: 1684

"The Will its easie Neck to Bondage gave, / And to the ruling Faculty became a Slave."

— Oldham, John (1653-1683)

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Date: 1684

"In that white Snow which overspreads your skin, / We trace ye whiter Soul which dwells within."

— Oldham, John (1653-1683)

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Date: 1686

"Our souls are all disrob'd, all naked laid, / In thy true Mirror men themselves do see"

— Flatman, Thomas (1635-1688)

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