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Date: 1799, 1806

Gold "tipp'st the leaves of fancy's fairest flow'r / With glitt'ring drops: it feels the numbing spell / Creep through each fibre slow; while ev'ry ill / Of sordid mis'ry blossoms to devour"

— Robinson [Née Darby], Mary [Perdita] (1758-1800)

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Date: 1799

"A head of wax should never court the sun."

— Wolcot, John, pseud. Peter Pindar, (1738-1819)

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Date: 1799

"Nor seldom Indolence these lawns among / Fixes her turf-built seat; and wears the garb / Of deep philosophy, and museful sits, / In dreamy twilight of the vacant mind, / Soothed by the whispering shade; for soothing soft / The shades; and vistas lengthening into air, / With moonbeam rainbows ti...

— Barbauld, Anna Letitia [née Aikin] (1743-1825)

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Date: 1799

"Yes, Sophia, let this prospect confirm your resolution, if nothing else speaks for me in your heart; then will I renounce the irregularities of dissipation; then will I shake off all unworthy fetters, and live only to chain your affection to my heart."

— Anonymous; Kotzebue (1761-1819)

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Date: 1799

"Hark you, mine honest friend! a woman in love enquires not whether the object of her passion can read or write; for love is only legible in the eyes, and in the heart only is it written."

— Dutton, Thomas (fl. 1770-1815); Kotzebue (1761-1819)

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Date: 1799

"Valour holds a woman's soul in far securer chains than Science."

— Dutton, Thomas (fl. 1770-1815); Kotzebue (1761-1819)

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Date: 1799

"I saw in you the heroism of an ancient Roman .... your chains then dropped from your wrists, and fixed my heart."

— Heron, Robert (c.1765-1807)

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Date: 1799

"They have their reward; it was born with them: a free, a noble heart, which no chains can confine, which amid all the horrors of imprisonment is still free."

— Lawrence, Rose (fl. 1799)

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Date: 1799

"And by him is our union also sanctioned!--love too first chained our hearts together, and nature drew the bond more closely."

— Plumptre, Anne (1760-1818); Kotzebue (1761-1819)

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Date: 1799

"I saw you stand in chains before Pizarro; I heard you speak like an ancient Roman; and at that moment the chains glided from your hands to my heart."

— Plumptre, Anne (1760-1818); Kotzebue (1761-1819)

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