“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.
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.