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Date: 1796

"You! holding the next place to God in my breast, yet two days, and my heart will be unveiled to you."

— Lewis, Matthew Gregory (1775-1818)

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Date: 1797

In William Collins's "endeavours to embody the fleeting forms of mind, and clothe them with correspondent imagery, he is not infrequently obscure."

— Barbauld, Anna Letitia [née Aikin] (1743-1825)

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Date: 1803

Genius may "Add novel tints to fancy's rainbow dress."

— Downman, Hugh (1740-1809)

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Date: w. c. 1800-1807, 1866

"Joy & Woe are woven fine / A Clothing for the soul divine / Under every grief & pine / Runs a joy with silken twine"

— Blake, William (1757-1827)

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Date: 1806

"Our bodies are like shoes, which off we cast; / Physic their cobler is, and death their last."

— Anonymous

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Date: 1810

"If words be not (recurring to a metaphor before used) an incarnation of the thought but only a clothing for it, then surely will they prove an ill gift; such a one as those poisoned vestments, read of in the stories of superstitious times, which had power to consume and to alienate from his righ...

— Wordsworth, William (1770-1850)

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Date: 1814

"Reason's powers, by studious care refined, / In moral graces dress the chasten'd mind."

— Grant [née MacVicar], Anne (1755-1838)

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Date: 1816

"I stood / Among them, but not of them--in a shroud / Of thoughts which were not their thoughts, and still could, / Had I not filed my mind, which thus itself subdued."

— Byron, George Gordon Noel, sixth Baron Byron (1788-1824)

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Date: 1820

"She stood: he pass'd, shut up in mysteries, / His mind wrapp'd like his mantle."

— Keats, John (1795-1821)

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Date: 1828

"Come, gallants, the gay and the graceful, / With hearts like the light plumes ye wear; / Eyes all but divine light our revel, / Like the stars in whose beauty they share."

— Landon, Laetitia Elizabeth [L.E.L.] (1802-1838)

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