Black History Month: Phillis Wheatley

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Taken from Poetry Foundation

On Being Brought from Africa to America

A Poetic Masterpiece penned by the incomparable Ms. Phillis Wheatley

Pencil illustration drawing of Phillis Wheatley, African American poet.
Taken from Poetry Foundation

‘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, ChristiansNegros, black as Cain,
May be refin’d, and join th’ angelic train.

Phillis Wheatley, 1753-1784

Thank you, Ms. Wheatley!

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