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Date: 1769

"And still my soul they [cares] hold in pain, / Their cruel empire to maintain."

— Fergusson, Robert (1750-1774)

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Date: 1769

"Nor fill my stormy breast with ire."

— Fergusson, Robert (1750-1774)

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Date: 1769

Cares may "torment my tortur'd mind, / Leaving their rugged tracts behind"

— Fergusson, Robert (1750-1774)

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Date: June 4, 1772

In the fields "peerless Fancy hads her court / And tunes her lays."

— Fergusson, Robert (1750-1774)

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Date: May 7, 1772

"Conscience, that candid judge of right and wrong, / Will o'er the secrets of each heart preside, / Nor aw'd by pomp, nor tam'd by soothing song."

— Fergusson, Robert (1750-1774)

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Date: August 31, 1772

"For sure your head-piece is a mint / Whar wit's nae rare."

— Fergusson, Robert (1750-1774)

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Date: 1773

"What tho' no Objects strike upon the Sight,-- / Thy Sacred Presence is an inward Light."

— Byrom, John (1692-1763)

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Date: 1773

"The bustling World, to fetch her out from thence, / Will urge the various, plausible Pretence; / Will praise Perfections of a grander Name, / Sound great Exploíts, and call her out to Fame; / Amuse and flatter, till the Soul, too prone / To Self-activity, deserts her Throne."

— Byrom, John (1692-1763)

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Date: 1773

"That He, to Whom all Love is due, / Engraves upon pure loving Hearts."

— Byrom, John (1692-1763)

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Date: 1773

The mind devour'd by "former Lawyers" is like a silly Goose ensnared by "the sly Fox"

— Byrom, John (1692-1763)

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