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Date: 1762

"Shall kings controul th' eternal rights of nature? / The free-born mind is royal of itself, / Nor asks vain glosses from exterior grandeur."

— Cradock, Joseph (1742-1826)

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Date: 1763

"And short-liv'd o'er the heart is passion's reign"

— Sheridan [née Chamberlaine], Frances (1724-1766)

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Date: 1764

"Why dancing is his ruling passion."

— Murphy, Arthur (1727-1805)

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Date: w. 1764, published 1820

"Yet, why repine? What, though by bonds confined, / Should bonds enslave the vigour of the mind?"

— Goldsmith, Oliver (1728?-1774)

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Date: December 6, 1765

One may fell Love's vengeful Shaft transfix her heart "And yield to [it] the Empire of [her] Soul]

— Cumberland, Richard (1732-1811)

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Date: 1765

"By reason's standard, then, you judge amiss / Of those whose legislator is caprice."

— Griffith, Elizabeth (1720-1793)

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Date: 1767

"Be rul'd by reason for your beauty's sake."

— Murphy, Arthur (1727-1805)

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Date: 1768

"Hope and fear alternate rising, / Strive for empire o'er my heart."

— Bickerstaff, Isaac (b. 1733, d. after 1808)

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Date: 1769

"I refused, saying, that, as I was resolved he should in every point be the aggressor, he should fire first; he did, and missed me, and on my soul I believe designedly; for by the changes in his countenance, I could perceive that grief, and not anger, was then the predominant passion in his mind."

— Lennox, née Ramsay, (Barbara) Charlotte (1730/1?-1804)

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Date: 1769

One may banish from her heart a hopeless passion

— Lennox, née Ramsay, (Barbara) Charlotte (1730/1?-1804)

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