A term employed to lard almost every love-period. You possess my heart. My heart feels for you, &c. All these turns signify, “there are certain words of great grace and effect in the love-dialect; and which a young person delights in hearing.” So that the sound of this, and a thousand other words of the like nature, should alarm the fair to stand on their guard against the impression of them. The poison that enters at the ears often makes every vein thrill, and is rarely a slow one.
The heart is often employed as an antithesis to the head. Nothing is juster: for they have their pleasures and language apart. An expression directly from the heart goes to the heart: but the head may imitate its language so well as to produce the same effect. Such a mistake is not even uncommon; and a love-letter has been often taken to come from the heart, when nothing but the head has dictated it.
A novice-heart is one that is at its first campaign. This is the heart most in request, for the great pleasure one imagines there is in giving it the first lesson of love.
A battered heart is one open to love on all sides, and which a thousand coquetteries has worn out, and rendered incapable of a real passion.
For the dissection of a coquette's heart, see the Spectator.
A novice-heart is one that is at its first campaign. This is the heart most in
request, for the great pleasure one imagines there is in giving it the first lesson of love.
A Dictionary of Love (1777)
A Dictionary of Love (1795)