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Date: 1654

"We often see stones hang with drops not from any innate moisture, but from a thick air about them; so may we sometime see marble-hearted sinners seem full of contrition, but it is not from any dew of grace within but from some black clouds that impends them, which produces these sweating effects."

— Bradstreet, Anne (1612-1672)

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Date: 1654

"The eyes and the ears are the inlets or doors of the soul, through which innumerable objects enter."

— Bradstreet, Anne (1612-1672)

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Date: 1654

"The certainty that that time will come, together with the uncertainty, how, where, and when, should make us so to number our days to apply our hearts to wisdom, that when we are put out of these houses of clay we may be sure of an everlasting habitation that fades not away."

— Bradstreet, Anne (1612-1672)

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Date: 1733

"[S]prightly Wit, that all admire," may be "an unlicens'd lawless Fire"

— Chandler, Mary (1687-1745)

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Date: 1737

"Her lovely image, on his mind impress'd, / Had fix'd her empire in his yielding breast."

— Rowe [née Singer], Elizabeth (1674-1737)

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Date: 1737

"But oh! what anguish did his soul invade, / When he was told, the lov'd enchanting maid / At Isis holy shrine devoutly bow'd, / A virgin priestess to the goddess vow'd?"

— Rowe [née Singer], Elizabeth (1674-1737)

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Date: 1737

One shouldn't "dread th' Effects of all their treach'rous Arts, / Their boasted Stratagems to conquer Hearts"

— Rowe [née Singer], Elizabeth (1674-1737)

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Date: 1737

"Some heav'nly being had prepar'd his thought, / And on his heart the kind impression wrought."

— Rowe [née Singer], Elizabeth (1674-1737)

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Date: 1737

"The soft impression of my brothers face, / Dwells on my heart."

— Rowe [née Singer], Elizabeth (1674-1737)

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Date: 1737

"Yet when my trembling Soul's dislodg'd, wou'd be / No Room of State within the Grave for me."

— Rowe [née Singer], Elizabeth (1674-1737)

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