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Date: w. 1779, published 1800

"His iron-heart with Scripture he assail'd, / Woo'd him to hear a sermon, and prevail'd."

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: w. 1779, published 1800

"Now strike me to the ground, on which I kneel, / Ere yet this heart relapses into steel;"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1800

"Teach thou my hand, with mutual love, to trace / His mind, as perfect as thy lines his face!"

— Hayley, William (1745-1820)

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Date: 1800

"Cut your way through! On, on, my hearts of gold!"

— Cumberland, Richard (1732-1811); Maria Geisweiler (fl.1799); Kotzebue (1761-1819)

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Date: 1800

"Thee, rich Herodes! Honour has enroll'd / For elegance of mind that match'd thy gold:"

— Hayley, William (1745-1820)

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Date: 1800

"Steel were the heart / That could this passing spectacle survey, / Nor feel the touch of sympathy within."

— Hurdis, James (1763-1801)

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Date: 1800

"I'm dead to pity as to fear, / My heart is cas'd with steel"

— Holman, Joseph George (1764-1817)

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Date: 1800

"We're dead to pity as to fear, / Our hearts are cas'd with steel"

— Holman, Joseph George (1764-1817)

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Date: 1800

"To pity wake, though dead to fear, / Nor case your hearts with steel."

— Holman, Joseph George (1764-1817)

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Date: 1800

"[I]f miseries pressed on thy brain too great for reason to support, would tend thee in the cell of madness, and even there derive more ecstasy from one kind look given in the transient intervals of sense, than all the unruffled pleasures that the world without thee can afford"

— Holman, Joseph George (1764-1817)

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