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Date: 1761

"'O let not Reason's lamp be lighted here!"

— Fawkes, Francis (1720-1777); Menander (342-291 B.C.)

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Date: 1761, 1790

"Ev'n from this dark confinement with delight / She [the mind] looks abroad, and prunes herself for flight; / Like an unwilling inmate longs to roam / From this dull earth, and seek her native home."

— Jenyns, Soame (1704-1787); Browne, Isaac Hawkins (1706-1760)

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Date: 1762

"Often, like the evening-sun, comes the memory of former times on my soul."

— Ossian; Macpherson, James (1736-1796)

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Date: 1783

"When first the orient rays of beauty move / The conscious soul, they light the lamp of love"

— Mason, William (1725-1797)

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