"Conscious the mortal stamp is on thy breast."

— Seward, Anna (1742-1809)

w. October, 1796; 1810
"Conscious the mortal stamp is on thy breast."
Metaphor in Context
Conscious the mortal stamp is on thy breast,
O, Erskine! still an equal mind maintain,
That wild Ambition ne'er may goad thy rest,
Nor Fortune's smile awake thy triumph vain,

Whether thro' toilsome tho' renowned years
'Tis thine to trace the law's perplexing maze,
Or win the Sacred Seals, whose awful cares
To high decrees devote thy honour'd days.
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Text from The Poetical Works of Anna Seward; with Extracts from Her Literary Correspondence. ed. Walter Scott. 3 vols. (Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. for John Ballantyne and Co., 1810).
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.