A charmer may gain "a mental Empire" "And still a Queen thro' every bosom reign"

— Ogle, George (1704-1746)

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Printed for J. and R. Tonson
A charmer may gain "a mental Empire" "And still a Queen thro' every bosom reign"
Metaphor in Context
Here, pleas'd with Privacy, and long Content,
Her Days the universal Charmer spent;
To Office apt, and each obliging Art,
She kindly stole the voluntary Heart;
Ador'd around, a mental Empire gain'd,
And still a Queen thro' ev'ry Bosom reign'd.

What winning Pow'r on Beauty's Charm attends
The Rude it softens, and the Bigot bends.
What Precept from Constantia's Lips can fail?
What Truth so musical, and not prevail?
Persuasive while she pleads, the Priest might learn,
The Deaf find Ears, and ev'n the Blind discern;
Soon thro' the House of gen'rous Offa spred,
Her pleasing Tongue its sacred Influence shed;
And all the cordial Proselytes of Grace,
The Christian Law, the Law of Love, embrace.
But ah, sweet Maid! how short is thy Repose!
Nor hope that here thy Scenes of Suff'ring close;
Heav'n speeds the Planet that o'erul'd thy Birth,
And hastes to make one Angel, ev'n on Earth.
Searching "heart" and "empire" in HDIS (Poetry)
At least 6 entries in ESTC (1741, 1742, 1789, 1792, 1795).

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 ESTC><Link to ECCO>
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.