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Date: 1672

"[A]ll these threatning storms which, like impregnant Clouds, do hover o'er our heads, (when they once are grasp'd but by the eye of reason) melt into fruitful showers of blessings on the people."

— Villiers, George, Second Duke of Buckingham (1628-1687)

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Date: 1723, 1740

"My Sister weeping! Tho' her Reason governs, / I judge her Grief for Cassius, by my own."

— Sheffield, John, first duke of Buckingham and Normanby (1647-1721)

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Date: 1723, 1740

"The strong Impression / May break my Heart, but shall not bend my Mind."

— Sheffield, John, first duke of Buckingham and Normanby (1647-1721)

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Date: 1723, 1740

"Our Tears and Grief will soften their hard Hearts, / Fit to receive Impression from our Words."

— Sheffield, John, first duke of Buckingham and Normanby (1647-1721)

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Date: 1755

"If ever gentle Pity touch'd thy Heart, / Now let it melt!"

— Brown, John (1715–1766)

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Date: 1755

"Thy Words have shot like Lightning through my Frame; / And all my Soul's on Fire!"

— Brown, John (1715–1766)

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Date: 1755

"Thy Soul will kindle, / And Passion mount in Flames that will consume thee."

— Brown, John (1715–1766)

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Date: 1755

"Love ne'er shou'd die: / 'Tis the Soul's Cordial."

— Brown, John (1715–1766)

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Date: 1755

"Had not Guilt steel'd thy Heart, awakening Conscience / Wou'd flash Conviction on thee, and each Look, / Shot from these Eyes, be arm'd with Serpent-Horrors, / To turn thee into Stone!"

— Brown, John (1715–1766)

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Date: 1755

"He bade me tell thee, / That in his Heart indelibly are stamp'd / His Father's Wrongs, and Thine."

— Brown, John (1715–1766)

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