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Date: 1672

"[A]ll these threatning storms which, like impregnant Clouds, do hover o'er our heads, (when they once are grasp'd but by the eye of reason) melt into fruitful showers of blessings on the people."

— Villiers, George, Second Duke of Buckingham (1628-1687)

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Date: 1714

"The most, such Iron Hearts we are, and such / The base Barbarity of Humane Kind, / Hooting and Railing, and with Villainous Hands / Gathering the Filth from out the Common Ways, / To hurl upon her Head."

— Gildon, Charles (1665-1724)

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Date: 1739

"May all English Lads, like you, Boys, / Prove on Shore true Hearts of Gold; / To their King and Country true"

— Phillips, Edward (b. 1708/9)

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