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Date: 1730

Love is a "strange unruly Something in the Soul" that "like a Fire once kindled in a Mine, / Can ne'er be thoroughly quench'd"

— Miller, James (1704-1744)

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Date: 1730

The "Charms of Modesty" may "kindle Virtues in the roughest Breast" "like the Sun-beams ripening Gems in Rocks"

— Miller, James (1704-1744)

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Date: 1738

"Love ... Give the soft sex to loathe inglorious rest, / String the weak arm, and steel the snowy breast!"

— Brooke, Henry (c. 1703-1783)

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Date: 1739

"Nor old Sir H***s, whose Soul is plung'd in Oar, / That Gold can't shut the Grave against Fourscore. "

— Miller, James (1704-1744)

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Date: 1739

"Ye hallowed Men! / In whom Vice sanctifies, whose Precepts teach / Zeal without Truth, Religion without Virtue, / Who ne'er preach Heav'n but with a downward Eye / That turns your Souls to Dross; who shouting loose / The Dogs of Hell upon us."

— Brooke, Henry (c. 1703-1783)

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Date: 1752

"The Man, who sharpen'd first the warlike Steel, / How fell and deadly was his iron Heart"

— Hammond, James (1710-1742)

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Date: 1760

"If thus a golden crown can steel his heart, / O may I ne'er behold him while a king!"

— Kenrick, William (1729/30-1779)

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Date: Published serially, 1765-1770

"O, my Sister, I would to Heaven that he had now been present, as I have been present, to have his Soul melted and minted as mine has been"

— Brooke, Henry (c. 1703-1783)

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Date: Published serially, 1765-1770

"[H]is Heart must have been harder than the Stones of Thebes, if you did not attract it and move it, at pleasure, by the Touch of those Fingers and the Bewitchment of those Accents"

— Brooke, Henry (c. 1703-1783)

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Date: Published serially, 1765-1770

"I was melted down and minted anew, as it were, by the unaffected Warmth and Innocence of your Caresses"

— Brooke, Henry (c. 1703-1783)

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