On Being Brought from Africa to America

 Phillis Wheatley   (1753–1784)

‘Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,

Taught my benighted soul to understand

That there’s a God, that there’s a Saviour too:

Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.

Some view our sable race with scornful eye,

“Their colour is a diabolic die.”

Remember, Christians, Negros, black as Cain,

May be refin’d, and join th’ angelic train.

2 comments on “On Being Brought from Africa to America

  1. Haiku Cowboy says:

    I believe it should read “dye” and not “die.” Wonderful find! What a piece of history. I’m glad I was directed to your wonderful website.


    • drew says:

      You are probably correct – I kept the archaic colonial-era spelling as found in the online version I copied & pasted from. Happens a lot with older poems. Good to have you visiting here.


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