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On Being Brought From Africa to America

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 color is a diabolic die."
Remember, Christians, Negroes, black as Cain,
May be refined, and join th' angelic train.

~ Phillis Wheatley


Thanks you Ann! That's a lovely one.

james wilson

I was suprised and informed to learn, in Paul Johnson's 'History of the American People' of the crucial effect of Christianity in the Northern colonies upon the development of freedom in its best forms. Roger Williams was a key player in that evolution, and an evolution it was- not a given. Here you have presented a window into the why with his poem.

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