“On Being Brought from Africa to America”

By: Phillis Wheatley



‘Twas mercy brought me from my pagan land,

Taught my benighted soul to understand

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

Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.

Some view our sable race with scornful eye,

“Their color is a diabolic die.”

Remember, Christians, Negros, black as Cain,

May be refined, and join the angelic train.

Author’s Note:

This website is a product of my 19th Century British Poetry class at Marymount University.  I was interested in this poem not only for its topic of slavery, but because of the author. Phillis Wheatley was a kidnapped slave who rose to be an educated successful author and spoke on issues concerning her community.

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