"The hero's presence deep impression makes; / The scenes his soul and body re-unite"

— Young, Edward (bap. 1683, d. 1765)


Date
1713
Metaphor
"The hero's presence deep impression makes; / The scenes his soul and body re-unite"
Metaphor in Context
A thousand various forms the Muse may wear,
(A thousand various forms become the fair,)
But shines in none with more majestic mien
Than when in state she draws the purple scene;
Calls forth her monarchs, bids her heroes rage,
And mourning Beauty melt the crowded stage;
Charms back past ages, gives to Britain's use
The noblest virtues Time did e'er produce;
Leaves famed historians' boasted art behind:
They keep the soul alone; and that's confined,
Sought out with pains, and but by proxy speaks:
The hero's presence deep impression makes;
The scenes his soul and body re-unite,
Furnish a voice, produce him to the sight;
Make our contemporary him that stood
High in renown, perhaps, before the flood;
Make Nestor to this age advice afford,
And Hector for our service draw his sword.
Provenance
Searching "soul" and "impression" in HDIS (Poetry)
Date of Entry
05/18/2005

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