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Date: 1789

"Our voyage to the North Pole being ended, I returned to London with Doctor Irving, with whom I continued for some time, during which I began seriously to reflect on the dangers I had escaped, particularly those of my last voyage, which made a lasting impression on my mind; and, by the grace of G...

— Equiano, Olaudah [Gustavus Vasa] (c. 1745-1797)

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Date: 1789

"It was the first soul feast I ever was present at."

— Equiano, Olaudah [Gustavus Vasa] (c. 1745-1797)

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Date: 1789

"Then he assured me, that one sin unatoned for was as sufficient to damn a soul as one leak was to sink a ship."

— Equiano, Olaudah [Gustavus Vasa] (c. 1745-1797)

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Date: 1789

"One day I was standing on the very edge of the stern of the ship, thinking to drown myself; but this scripture was instantly impressed on my mind--'That no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him'."

— Equiano, Olaudah [Gustavus Vasa] (c. 1745-1797)

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Date: 1789

"In this deep consternation the Lord was pleased to break in upon my soul with his bright beams of heavenly light; and in an instant as it were, removing the veil, and letting light into a dark place, I saw clearly with the eye of faith the crucified Saviour bleeding on the cross on mount Calvary."

— Equiano, Olaudah [Gustavus Vasa] (c. 1745-1797)

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Date: 1789

"I rejoiced in spirit, making melody in my heart to the God of all my mercies, Now my whole wish was to be dissolved, and to be with Christ—but, alas! I must wait mine appointed time."

— Equiano, Olaudah [Gustavus Vasa] (c. 1745-1797)

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Date: 1789

"Thus all things added to my pain, / While grief compell'd me to complain; / When sable clouds began to rise / My mind grew darker than the skies."

— Equiano, Olaudah [Gustavus Vasa] (c. 1745-1797)

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Date: 1789

"This was much and heavily impressed on my mind; and though I did not know how to speak to the Doctor for my discharge, it was disagreeable for me to stay any longer."

— Equiano, Olaudah [Gustavus Vasa] (c. 1745-1797)

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Date: 1789

"I found him a present help in the time of need, and the captain's fury began to subside as the night approached: but I found, 'That he who cannot stem his anger's tide / Doth a wild horse without a bridle ride.'"

— Equiano, Olaudah [Gustavus Vasa] (c. 1745-1797)

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Date: 1789

"If any incident in this little work should appear uninteresting and trifling to most readers, I can only say, as my excuse for mentioning it, that almost every event of my life made an impression on my mind, and influenced my conduct."

— Equiano, Olaudah [Gustavus Vasa] (c. 1745-1797)

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