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Date: 1675

"And tears run trickling down her face, / Would e'en have mov'd a heart of brass."

— Cotton, Charles (1630-1687); Lucian (c.120- d. after 180)

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Date: 1677

"I wou'd ha' rent / With my just hands that Rock, that Marble heart; / I wou'd have div'd through Seas of bloud to find it, / To tear the cruel Quarry from its Center."

— Lee, Nathaniel (1653-1692)

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Date: 1678

"[Y]et even such a soul, may like a Diamond that's set too narrow in the finest Gold, straiten its lustre."

— Howard, Edward (bap. 1624, d. 1712)

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Date: 1679

God "can wash off the soil [from the soul], refine the Ore, / And make it shine fairer than heretofore."

— Keach, Benjamin (1640-1704)

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Date: 1679

One may be "from all base alloy refin'd, / "More to resemble the Eternal Mind,"

— Woodford, Samuel (1636-1700)

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Date: 1679

"From Heav'n was with a Silver Cord let down, / And into the Souls mass divinely thrown, / To be its Salt, miraculously contriv'd"

— Woodford, Samuel (1636-1700)

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Date: 1679

"It is attracting Love, its nature's such, / 'Tis like the Loadstone; hadst thou once a touch, / 'Twould make thy Iron-heart with speed to move, / Nay, cleave to him in bonds of purest Love."

— Keach, Benjamin (1640-1704)

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Date: 1679

"No Orator on Earth like him could speak, / So powerfully, and sweet enough to break / And melt a breast of Steel, or heart of Stone"

— Keach, Benjamin (1640-1704)

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Date: 1679

"With him [Chirst] I live, his word I hear, yet feel / No yielding to him in this heart of Steel."

— Slater, Samuel (c.1629-1704)

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Date: 1680

Alll "base drossy thoughts, that soil'd the life and lustre of [one's] Judgement may vanish

— D'Urfey, Thomas (1653?-1723)

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