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Date: 1688

"None of this ages iron-hearted wretches, / That rather part with God, then Gold, or riches."

— Paterson, Ninian (fl.1678-1696)

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Date: 1697

"Thy Heart of Gold I do append, To this my Marble Breast,"

— Cleland, William (1661?-1689)

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Date: 1697

"What ever brought him here, or took him hence / It was no mean, or common influence, / Of Heavens best mettal, that inform'd his soul, / And made all vertue, but a blubr'd scrol / Of his great mind."

— Cleland, William (1661?-1689)

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Date: 1719

"So perfect Gold no more excells the Brass, / Than Love of Soul doth Love of Body pass."

— Mitchell, Joseph (c. 1684-1738)

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Date: June, 1720

"Daring and unco' stout he was, / With Heart hool'd in three Sloughs of Brass, Wha ventur'd first upon the Sea / With Hempen Branks, and Horse of Tree"

— Ramsay, Allan (1684-1758)

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Date: 1721

"For who can hear the Lad complain, / And not participate and feel / His artless undissembled Pain, / Unless he has a Heart of Steel."

— Ramsay, Allan (1684-1758)

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Date: 1722

"nor is my heart nae mair than yours of steel"

— Ramsay, Allan (1684-1758)

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Date: 1722

"Yea Virtue was thy chief and great Concern. / A bounteous Hand, a Heart as true as Steel, / A steady Mind, most courteous and gentile"

— Hamilton, William, of Gilbertfield (c. 1665-1751)

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Date: 1722

"A Savage Fury brandishes each Dart, / And reeking Slaughter steels each impious Heart."

— Hamilton, William, of Gilbertfield (c. 1665-1751)

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Date: 1724

"Without such a Miracle, since the Soul and Body act mutually upon one another, and the Tabernacle of Clay is the weakest part of the Compound, it must at last be overborn and thrown down."

— Cheyne, George (1671-1743)

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