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“A Heavy Heart”

THIS is an ancient vulgar phrase; and it will be found, like the generality of similar phrases which have been long current, not destitute of signification. According to many eminent physicians, timid men have the heart very thick and heavy. Rioland relates, that he has sometimes met with the hearts of persons, of this description, which have weighed from two to three pounds. Amongst these was that of Mary De Medicis, which was nearly of the latter weight. It is probable, that the afflictions and the griefs of this unfortunate princess did not a little contribute to thicken and render “her heart heavy.”