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Date: 1593

"And care consumes the minde of man, / as fire melts Virgin Waxe."

— Churchyard, Thomas (1523?-1604)

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Date: 1594

"For men haue marble, women waxen mindes / And therefore are they form'd as marble will, / The weake opprest, th'impression of strange kindes / Is form'd in them by force, by fraud, or skill."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1599

"When a seal in Wax Impression makes..."

— Davies, Sir John (bap. 1569, d. 1626)

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Date: 1599

A Hecatean Hag may "Worke mindes as wax"

— Roche, Robert (1576-1629)

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Date: 1609

"But then begins a journey in my head / To work my mind, when body's work's expired"

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1609

"For then my thoughts (from far where I abide) / Intend a zealous pilgrimage to thee"

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1610

"How happy is he, which hath due place assigned / To his beasts, and disafforested his mind."

— Donne, John (1572-1631)

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Date: 1612

"Another part became the well of sense, / The tender well-arm'd feeling brain, from whence / Those sinewy strings, which do our bodies tie, / Are ravelled out, and fast there by one end, / Did this soul limbs, these limbs a soul attend."

— Donne, John (1572-1631)

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Date: 1621

One may have " A waxen mildnes in a steely minde"

— Sylvester, Joshua (1562/3-;1618)

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Date: 1624, 1628

"Heu dolor! caveae membra fuere meae. / Pes compes, manicaeque manus, nervique catenae, / Ossaque cancellis nativa repagula claustri, / Damner ut hospitii compede vincta mei?" ["Alas, what misery! that the light poured me forth on these unhappy airs! My very limbs are a prison to me. Feet fetters...

— Hugo, Herman (1588-1629)

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