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Date: 1773

"In full perfection all thy works are wrought, / And thine the sceptre o'er the realms of thought."

— Wheatley, Phillis (c.1753–1784)

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Date: 1773

"Before thy throne the subject-passions bow, / Of subject-passions sov'reign ruler Thou, / At thy command joy rushes on the heart, / And through the glowing veins the spirits dart."

— Wheatley, Phillis (c.1753–1784)

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Date: 1782

"Conscience, the high chancellor of the human breast, whose small still voice speaks terror to the guilty--Conscience has pricked her--and, with all her wealth and titles, she is an object of pity."

— Sancho, Charles Ignatius (1729?–1780)

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Date: 1782

"Let not the levity of frothy wit--nor the absurdity of fools break in upon your happier principles--your dependence upon the Deity--address the Almighty with fervor--with love and simplicity--carry his laws in your heart--and command both worlds;--but I meant mere fatherly advice, and I have wro...

— Sancho, Charles Ignatius (1729?–1780)

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Date: 1787

"This man stiles himself a friend to the West-India colonies and their inhabitants, like Demetrius, the silversmith, a man of some considerable abilities, seeing their craft in danger, a craft, however, not so innocent and justifiable as the making of shrines for Diana, though that was base and w...

— Cugoano, Quobna Ottobah (c. 1757-1791)

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Date: 1789

"Does not slavery itself depress the mind, and extinguish all its fire and every noble sentiment?"

— 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.