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Date: 1743

"The beam dim Reason sheds shows wonders there; / What high contents, illustrious faculties!"

— Young, Edward (bap. 1683, d. 1765)

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Date: 1743

"Beyond long ages, yet roll'd up in shades / Unpierced by bold Conjecture's keenest ray, / What evolutions of surprising fate!"

— Young, Edward (bap. 1683, d. 1765)

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Date: 1743

"He, the great Father, kindled at one flame / The world of rationals; one spirit pour'd / From Spirit's awful fountain; pour'd Himself / Through all their souls; but not in equal stream."

— Young, Edward (bap. 1683, d. 1765)

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Date: 1743

"Are passions, then, the Pagans of the soul? / Reason alone baptized? alone ordain'd / To touch things sacred?"

— Young, Edward (bap. 1683, d. 1765)

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Date: 1743

"Faith builds a bridge across the gulf of Death, / To break the shock blind Nature cannot shun, / And lands Thought smoothly on the farther shore."

— Young, Edward (bap. 1683, d. 1765)

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Date: 1743

"'Reason bids, / All-sacred Reason.'---Hold her sacred still; / Nor shalt thou want a rival in thy flame."

— Young, Edward (bap. 1683, d. 1765)

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Date: 1743

"Reason the root, fair Faith is but the flower: / The fading flower shall die, but Reason lives / Immortal as her Father in the skies."

— Young, Edward (bap. 1683, d. 1765)

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Date: 1743

"'Tis Reason our great Master holds so dear; / 'Tis Reason's injured rights His wrath resents; / 'Tis Reason's voice obey'd His glories crown."

— Young, Edward (bap. 1683, d. 1765)

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Date: 1743

"Through Reason's wounds alone thy Faith can die; / Which, dying, tenfold terror gives to Death, / And dips in venom his twice-mortal sting."

— Young, Edward (bap. 1683, d. 1765)

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Date: 1743

"Though silent long, and sleeping ne'er so sound, / Smother'd with errors, and oppress'd with toys, / That heaven-commission'd hour no sooner calls / But from her cavern in the soul's abyss, / Like him they fable under Ætna whelm'd, / The goddess bursts in thunder and in flame, / Loudly convinces...

— Young, Edward (bap. 1683, d. 1765)

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