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Date: w. 1779, published 1800

"His iron-heart with Scripture he assail'd, / Woo'd him to hear a sermon, and prevail'd."

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: w. 1779, published 1800

"Now strike me to the ground, on which I kneel, / Ere yet this heart relapses into steel;"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1800

"Cut your way through! On, on, my hearts of gold!"

— Cumberland, Richard (1732-1811); Maria Geisweiler (fl.1799); Kotzebue (1761-1819)

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Date: 1800

"Thee, rich Herodes! Honour has enroll'd / For elegance of mind that match'd thy gold:"

— Hayley, William (1745-1820)

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Date: 1800

"Steel were the heart / That could this passing spectacle survey, / Nor feel the touch of sympathy within."

— Hurdis, James (1763-1801)

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Date: 1800

"I'm dead to pity as to fear, / My heart is cas'd with steel"

— Holman, Joseph George (1764-1817)

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Date: 1800

"We're dead to pity as to fear, / Our hearts are cas'd with steel"

— Holman, Joseph George (1764-1817)

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Date: 1800

"To pity wake, though dead to fear, / Nor case your hearts with steel."

— Holman, Joseph George (1764-1817)

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Date: 1800

"The inner world, his microcosmus, is / The deep shaft, out of which they spring eternally."

— Schiller, Friedrich (1759-1805)

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Date: 1801

"'Cease base seducers! cease; against your art / 'By truth and virtue is my firm mind steel'd."

— Burges, Sir James Bland (1752-1824)

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