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Date: March 22, 1796

"How should ye be but good, where all is fair, / And where the mirror of the mind reflects / Serenest beauty?"

— Southey, Robert (1774-1843)

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Date: 1798

"Our minds shall drink at every pore / The spirit of the season"

— Wordsworth, William (1770-1850)

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Date: 1798

"Some silent laws our hearts may make, / Which they shall long obey"

— Wordsworth, William (1770-1850)

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Date: 1798

"We'll frame the measure of our souls, / They shall be tuned to love"

— Wordsworth, William (1770-1850)

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Date: 1798

"O reader! had you in your mind / Such stores as silent thought can bring."

— Wordsworth, William (1770-1850)

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Date: w. 1789, 1798, 1800

"Oh glide, fair stream! for ever so; / Thy quiet soul on all bestowing, / 'Till all our minds for ever flow, / As thy deep waters now are flowing"

— Wordsworth, William (1770-1850)

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Date: 1798

"'That we can feed this mind of ours, / 'In a wise passiveness."

— Wordsworth, William (1770-1850)

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Date: 1802

"He considers man and nature as essentially adapted to each other, and the mind of man as naturally the mirror of the fairest and most interesting properties of nature."

— Wordsworth, William (1770-1850)

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Date: w. 1798, 1803-4

"He had perceived the presence and the power / Of greatness, and deep feelings had impressed / Great objects on his mind with portraiture / And colour so distinct that on his mind / They lay like substances, and almost seemed / To haunt the bodily sense."

— Wordsworth, William (1770-1850)

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Date: w. 1805

"Call we this / But a persuasion taken up by Thee / In friendship; yet the mind is to herself / Witness and judge, and I remember well / That in life's every-day appearances / I seem'd about this period to have sight / Of a new world, a world, too, that was fit / To be transmitted and made visibl...

— Wordsworth, William (1770-1850)

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