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Tables of the Heart

— Homer

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Date: 1598

"Therefore even as an index to a book, / So to his mind was young Leander's look."

— Marlowe, Christopher (bap. 1564, d. 1593)

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Date: 1609

"Thy gift, thy tables, are within my brain / Full charactered with lasting memory"

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1633

"The mind, you know is like a Table-Book"

— Donne, John (1572-1631)

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Date: 1653

"Upon thine heart let me be put, / and set like as a seal; / And as a seal upon thine arme"

— Slater, Samuel (c.1629-1704)

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Date: 1653

"Thoughts as a Pen do write upon the Braine; / The Letters which wise Thoughts do write, are plaine."

— Cavendish, Margaret (1623-1673)

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Date: 1653

"Or Thoughts like Pencils draw still to the Life, / And Fancies mixt, as colours give delight."

— Cavendish, Margaret (1623-1673)

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Date: 1653

"So Fancy is the Soul in Poetrie, / And if not good, a Poem ill must be."

— Cavendish, Margaret (1623-1673)

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Date: 1667; 2nd ed. in 1674

"[T]he law of faith, / Working through love, upon their hearts shall write, / To guide them in all truth."

— Milton, John (1608-1674)

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Date: 1667; 2nd ed. in 1674

"Spiritual laws by carnal power shall force / On every conscience; laws which none shall find / Left them inrolled, or what the Spirit within / Shall on the heart engrave."

— Milton, John (1608-1674)

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