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Date: 1671

"Ay, on my Conscience and Soul the Palat of his Judgement is down; and by the way how do'st like that Metaphor or rather Catachresis?"

— Shadwell, Thomas (1642-1692)

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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: 1672

"[A]ll these threatning storms which, like impregnant Clouds, do hover o'er our heads, (when they once are grasp'd but by the eye of reason) melt into fruitful showers of blessings on the people."

— Villiers, George, Second Duke of Buckingham (1628-1687)

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Date: 1672, 1701

"The Contemplation of the Object represents the matter to the mind, in the same manner as its outward appearance doth to the Eye."

— Salmon, William (1644-1713)

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Date: 1673

" For tho the adulterations of art, can represent in the same Face beauty in one position, and deformity in another, yet nature is more sincere, and never meant a serene and clear forhead, should be the frontispiece to a cloudy tempestuous heart."

— Allestree, Richard (1611/2-1681)

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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: 1676

"Can that blind faculty the Will be free, / When it depends upon the Understanding??

— Shadwell, Thomas (1642-1692)

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Date: 1678

"Into his studious Closet to stuff his Lunatick head, since he can get nothing for his belly."

— Porter, Thomas (1636-1680)

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Date: 1678

"I did not see him with my bodily eyes, but with the eyes of mine understanding; and thus it was."

— Bunyan, John (bap. 1628, d. 1688)

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