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Date: 1824

"What do I say--a mirror of my heart? / Are not thy waters sweeping, dark, and strong? / Such as my feelings were and are, thou art; / And such as thou art were my passions long."

— Byron, George Gordon Noel, sixth Baron Byron (1788-1824)

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Date: 1825

Beauty, elegance and grace may "beam transcendent" from an "angel mind"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1826

"[T]hen sweet Memory / May come, and with her mirror cheer thy mind, / On whose bright surface lovelier scenes shall live / Than any shrined within Italian climes."

— Radcliffe [née Ward], Ann (1764-1823)

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Date: 1832

"Yet distant countries / Not then, as now, communication held / By beaten tracks, and all the luxuries / Of easy transit, while the missive charge / Of the pen's register'd mirror of the mind / Was slow and interrupted"

— Brydges, Sir Samuel Egerton (1762-1837)

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