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Date: w. 1764

"Take the bloody seal I give thee, / Deep impressed upon thy soul."

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1779

"Fierce passions discompose the mind, as tempests vex the sea"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1779

Jesus may "inhabitest the humble mind"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1779

The mind may be veiled in darkness

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1779

"Sorrow may well possess the mind / That feeds where thorns and thistles grow"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: November 9, 1779

"Thus, conscience freed from ev'ry clog, / Mahometans eat up the hog."

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: December 1781

"Smooth, ductile, and even, [the poet's] fancy must flow, / Must tinkle and glitter like gold to the sight / And catch in its progress a sensible glow."

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1781

The "passive mind" may be (merely) impressed by substances and modes

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1782

"The plough of wisdom" may never enter the mind

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1782

The mind attains "growth nature meant she should attain" beneath Freedom' s reign

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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