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Date: 1828

"Come, gallants, the gay and the graceful, / With hearts like the light plumes ye wear; / Eyes all but divine light our revel, / Like the stars in whose beauty they share."

— Landon, Laetitia Elizabeth [L.E.L.] (1802-1838)

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Date: 1830

"'A lovely form there sate beside my bed [...]Twas my own spirit newly come from heaven, / Wooing its gentle way into my soul!"

— Coleridge, Samuel Taylor (1772-1834)

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Date: 1830

"No idle whims, no vapours fill'd her brain, / But Prudence for her youthful guide she took, / And Goodness, which no earthly vice could stain, / Dwelt in her mind; she was ne proud I ween or vain."

— Thomson, James (1700-1748)

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Date: 1832

"Yet distant countries / Not then, as now, communication held / By beaten tracks, and all the luxuries / Of easy transit, while the missive charge / Of the pen's register'd mirror of the mind / Was slow and interrupted"

— Brydges, Sir Samuel Egerton (1762-1837)

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Date: 1833

"It was the coinage of the aged brain, / When sadness and the sense of loneliness / Oppress the weary heart!"

— Bowles, William Lisle (1762-1850)

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Date: 1834

Fancy may judge a beloved "ever fond and true"

— Crabbe, George (1754-1832)

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Date: 1835

"And marks betray the lover's heart, / Deeply engrav'd by Cupid's dart"

— Broome, William (1689-1745); Anacreon

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Date: 1835-7

Romney is an expert and can trace "The mind's impression too on every face"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1836

"Yet, though their 'souls the iron enter'd,' moans / From captive kings were not enough to sate / Barbaric vengeance"

— Polwhele, Richard (1760-1838); Moschus

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Date: 1837

The heart may be made of stone

— Goldsmith, Oliver (1728?-1774)

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