God himself is the soul's eternal food

— Davies [from Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language]

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Printed by W. Strahan
God himself is the soul's eternal food
Metaphor in Context
Perhaps, for want of food, the soul may pine;
But that were strange, since all things bad and good;
Since all Gods creatures, mortal and divine;
Since God himself is her eternal food.
Reading Johnson's and Bailey's dictionaries
At least 17 entries in ESTC (1755, 1765, 1773, 1775, 1784, 1785).

A Dictionary of the English Language; in Which the Words Are Deduced from Their Originals and Illustrated in Their Different Significations by Examples from the Best Writers. to Which Are Prefixed, a History of the Language, and an English Grammar. By Samuel Johnson, A. M. In Two Volumes. (London: Printed by W. Strahan, for J. and P. Knaptor; T. and T. Longman; C. Hitch and L. Hawes; A. Millar; and R. and J. Dodsley, 1755). <Link to ESTC>

Reading A Dictionary of the English Language Facsimile reprint (New York, AMS Press, 1967).
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.