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Date: 1741

"Says Body to Mind, ''Tis amazing to see, / We're so nearly related yet never agree, / But lead a most wrangling strange sort of life, / As great plagues to each other as husband and wife.'"

— Carter, Elizabeth (1717-1806)

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Date: 1741

"The best room in my house you [the mind] have seized for your own, / And turned the whole tenement quite upside down, / While you hourly call in a disorderly crew / Of vagabond rogues, who have nothing to do / But to run in and out, hurry-scurry, and keep / Such a horrible uproar, I can't get to...

— Carter, Elizabeth (1717-1806)

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Date: 1741

"There's my kitchen sometimes is as empty as sound, / I call for my servants, not one's to be found: / They are all sent out on your ladyship's errand, / To fetch some more riotous guests in, I warrant!"

— Carter, Elizabeth (1717-1806)

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Date: 1741

"Poor Mind, who heard all with extreme moderation, / Thought it now time to speak, and make her allegation: / ''Tis I that, methinks, have most cause to complain, / Who am cramped and confined like a slave in a chain.'"

— Carter, Elizabeth (1717-1806)

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Date: 1741

"He knew, that vain was ev'ry Art, design'd / To check the Freedom of the humane Will; / That Restraints could shackle up the Mind, / Which, self-determin'd, kept her Empire still."

— Ogle, George (1704-1746)

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Date: 1741

In "th' extended Scene of humane Race," Thoughts were "as various [as] was the Face"

— Ogle, George (1704-1746)

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Date: 1741

"Love, tho' he fetter'd,--led me not aside, / And Virgin Chastity maintain'd its Part; / Tho' Choice inthron'd him in my conscious Breast."

— Ogle, George (1704-1746)

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Date: 1741

"Lord of my Wishes, tho' he reign'd confest / His Empire was still bounded by the Mind / In me, unblemish'd Honour lent the Fire / The mutual Flame to feed,--I thought should ne'er expire."

— Ogle, George (1704-1746)

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Date: 1741

A charmer may gain "a mental Empire" "And still a Queen thro' every bosom reign"

— Ogle, George (1704-1746)

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Date: 1741

"I [the mind] did but step out, on some weighty affairs, / To visit last night, my good friends in the stars, / When, before I was got half as high as the moon, / You despatched Pain and Languor to hurry me down; / Vi & Armis they seized me, in midst of my flight, / And shut me in caverns as dark...

— Carter, Elizabeth (1717-1806)

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