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Date: 1700

"As softest metals are not slow to melt, / And pity soonest runs in gentle minds:"

— Dryden, John (1631-1700)

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Date: 1700

"O Sacharissa, what could steel thy breast, / To rob the charming Waller of his rest?"

— Cobb, Samuel (bap. 1675, d. 1713)

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Date: 1700

"Nay, hold a little, my hearts of Steel: The Law takes notice of Life and Death, d'ee see."

— Manning, Francis (c. 1673-1755)

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Date: 1700

"Hah, what did I say I Trembl'd, 'tis impossible, can my Heart tremble, that is steel'd with Power?"

— D'Urfey, Thomas (1653?-1723)

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Date: 1700

"Steel your Hearts with Honour first; then with Generous Resolution; and let Aurelia nobly guide your Steps into the Temple of Perpetual Glory"

— D'Urfey, Thomas (1653?-1723)

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Date: 1700

"Oh! all ye Powers that virtuous Love inspire, / Assist me now: inform my Vocal Organs / With Angel Eloquence, such as can melt / His Heart of Flint, and move his former Kindness."

— Centlivre [née Freeman; other married name Carroll], Susanna (bap. 1669?, d. 1723)

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Date: 1700

"What Heart of Steel / Could ere resist such Beauty drest in Tears?"

— Centlivre [née Freeman; other married name Carroll], Susanna (bap. 1669?, d. 1723)

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Date: 1702

"We'll think she brings with her Estate a Mind, / Pure as her Sterling, from it's Dross Refin'd."

— Sedley, Sir Charles (1639-1701)

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Date: 1702

"To seek the piece of Silver, hid within / The House, thy Heart; Redeem thy precious Time, / And find it out."

— Mollineux [née Southworth], Mary (1651-1695)

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Date: 1702

"The Sun of Righteousness, which when it shines / With its Resplendent Conqu'ring Ray, refines / The drossy Nature; rightly purifies / The Heart, consuming all Impurities."

— Mollineux [née Southworth], Mary (1651-1695)

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