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Date: 1770

"Take HIM ye wretched for your only good; / Take HIM ye starving souls to be your food."

— Wheatley, Phillis (c.1753–1784)

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Date: 1782

"Faults in the life breed errors in the brain"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1782

The "anxious mind" may be racked by pangs

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1782

One may have a mind "Not yet so blank, or fashionably blind, / But now and then perhaps a feeble ray /Of distant wisdom shoots across his way."

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1782

"Rough annoyance" may rankle in the mind

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1782

A "glance of the mind" is fleet

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1782

One may have a mind "Not yet so blank, or fashionably blind, / But now and then perhaps a feeble ray /Of distant wisdom shoots across his way"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1785

"In cities foul example on most minds / Begets its likeness"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1785

The mind may hunger and be supplied

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1785

The mind may be pregnant "with some new theme"

— 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.