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Date: 1653

"Thoughts as a Pen do write upon the Braine; / The Letters which wise Thoughts do write, are plaine."

— Cavendish, Margaret (1623-1673)

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Date: 1653

"Or Thoughts like Pencils draw still to the Life, / And Fancies mixt, as colours give delight."

— Cavendish, Margaret (1623-1673)

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Date: 1653

"So Fancy is the Soul in Poetrie, / And if not good, a Poem ill must be."

— Cavendish, Margaret (1623-1673)

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Date: 1696

"Sure (replies Melora calmly) you take me for some other Person, since I dare boldly say, my Conscience, my Soul's faithful Register, does not accuse me with so much Injustice, as ever to have an Inclination to Curse a Stranger, much less one who bears the Religious Show; which I, in all Persons,...

— Pix, Mary (c.1666-1720)

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Date: 1702

"Their Names, engraven in our Hearts, may not / Be raz'd, or cancel'd, or in time forgot"

— Mollineux [née Southworth], Mary (1651-1695)

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Date: 1702

Chastity may "tincture Humane Hearts with holy Awe, / And deeply there engrave the Royal Law"

— Mollineux [née Southworth], Mary (1651-1695)

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Date: 1702

"True Friends ... have their Names engraven / In one anothers Hearts, which cannot be / Cancell'd or Raz'd by Earths vain obloquy"

— Mollineux [née Southworth], Mary (1651-1695)

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Date: 1712, 1715, 1719

A contrivance may raze "out all those Characters of Friendship and fraternal Love, which [...] virtuous and generous Behaviour" may engrave in the Heart

— Barker, Jane (1675-1743)

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Date: 1720

"Poetry is called the image of the mind, / In mine my soul and body both are joined."

— Sansom, Martha [née Fowke] (1690-1736)

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Date: 1722

"I got into an Arbor in the Garden, to peruse the dear Contents, which I very well remember, and are too deeply engraven in my Mind, ever to be forgotten."

— Haywood [née Fowler], Eliza (1693?-1756)

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