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Date: 1588

"I laugh not at another's loss, / Nor grudge not at another's gain; / No worldly waves my mind can toss; / I brook that is another's bane."

— Dyer, Sir Edward (1543-1607)

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Date: 1610

"Man is a lump, where all beasts kneaded be / Wisdom makes him an ark where all agree."

— Donne, John (1572-1631)

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Date: 1661

"What difference is there 'twixt a man and beast, / (None sure at all, or little to be guest) / If't wan't for Reason, and an immortal spark, / Which hides it self within his hollow Ark?"

— Pordage, Samuel (bap. 1633, d. c. 1691)

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Date: 1667

"Pray'r is a Coach which by the Spirit driven, / Hurries our Souls into the Courts of Heaven."

— Billingsley, Nicholas (bap. 1633, d. 1709)

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Date: 1667

Conscience is "the Souls Anchor"

— Billingsley, Nicholas (bap. 1633, d. 1709)

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Date: 1667

"But he that shipwracks a good Conscience shall / Let in great riches, but the Devil withal"

— Billingsley, Nicholas (bap. 1633, d. 1709)

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Date: 1677

"O whither will my minde with wavering sail, / When a Disease shall over me prevail?"

— Speed, Samuel (bap. 1633, d. 1679?)

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Date: 1679, 1707

"But during all this Storm, we still do find / An Anchor and a Haven in our Mind, / Not beaten now, tho then expos'd to th'Wind."

— Anonymous

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Date: 1686, 1712

"Thus Vice and Virtue do my Soul divide, / Like a Ship tost between the Wind and Tide."

— Arwaker, Edmund (c.1655-1730)

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Date: 1688

"Here's Cavities, says one; and here, says he, / Is th' Seat of Fancy, Judgment, Memory: / Here, says another, is the fertile Womb, / From whence the Spirits Animal do come, / Which are mysteriously ingender'd here, / Of Spirits from Arterious Blood and Air: / Here, said a third, Life made her fi...

— Barker, Jane (1675-1743)

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