"But soon his tender Mind th' Impression felt"

— Ogle, George (1704-1746)

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Printed for J. and R. Tonson [etc.]
"But soon his tender Mind th' Impression felt"
Metaphor in Context
He paus'd a while, stood silent in his Mood,
(For yet, his Rage was boiling in his Blood)
But soon his tender Mind th' Impression felt,
(As softest Metals are not slow to melt,
And Pity soonest runs in gentle Minds:)

Then reasons with himself; and first he finds
His Passion cast a Mist before his Sense,
And either made, or magnify'd th' Offence.
Offence! of what? to whom? Who judg'd the Cause?
The Pris'ner freed himself by Nature's Laws:
Born free, he sought his Right: The Man he freed
Was perjur'd, but his Love excus'd the Deed:
Thus pond'ring, he look'd under with his Eyes,
And saw the Womens Tears, and heard their Cries;
Which mov'd Compassion more: he shook his Head,
And softly sighing, to himself he said:
Searching "mind" and "impression" in HDIS (Poetry)
Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales of Chaucer, Modernis'd by Several Hands. Publish'd by Mr. Ogle, 3 vols. (London: J. and R. Tonson, 1741). <Link to ECCO>
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.