Phillis Wheatley

(1753 – 5 December 1784 / Gambia)

Phillis Wheatley Poems

1. To The Rev. Dr. Thomas Amory, On Reading His Sermons On Daily Devotion, In Which That Duty Is Recommended And Assisted 12/31/2002
2. To A Lady On Her Coming To North-America With Her Son, For The Recovery Of Her Health 12/31/2002
3. To His Honour The Lieutenant-Governor, On The Death Of His Lady Marc 24, 1773 12/31/2002
4. To The Right Honourable William, Earl Of Dartmouth, His Majesty's Principal Secretary Of The State For North-America, 12/31/2002
5. To The Honourable T. H. Esq; On The Death Of His Daughter 12/31/2002
6. To A Gentleman On His Voyage To Great-Britain For The Recovery Of His Health 12/31/2002
7. To The Rt. Hon. William, Earl Of Dartmouth 1/1/2004
8. To A Gentleman And Lady On The Death Of The Lady's Brother And Sister, And A Child Of The Name Of Avis, Aged One Year 12/31/2002
9. On The Death Of Dr. Samuel Marshall 12/31/2002
10. To A Clergyman On The Death Of His Lady 12/31/2002
11. To A Lady On The Death Of Three Relations 1/1/2004
12. An Answer To The Rebus, By The Author Of These Poems 12/31/2002
13. On The Death Of The Rev. Dr. Sewell, 1769 1/1/2004
14. To A Lady On Her Remarkable Preservation In A Hurrican In North-Carolina 12/31/2002
15. To Captain H------D, Of The 65th Regiment 12/31/2002
16. Niobe In Distress For Her Children Slain By Apollo, From Ovid's Metamorphoses, Book Vi. And From A View Of The Painting Of Mr. Richard Wilson 12/31/2002
17. On The Death Of J.C. An Infant 1/1/2004
18. To S. M. A Young African Painter, On Seeing His Works 12/31/2002
19. To A Lady On The Death Of Her Husband 12/31/2002
20. Isaiah Lxiii 1/1/2004
21. To Maecenas 12/31/2002
22. To The King's Most Excellent Majesty 1768 12/31/2002
23. On The Death Of A Youn Gentleman 12/31/2002
24. Goliath Of Gath 12/31/2002
25. To A Lady And Her Children 1/1/2004
26. Thoughts On The Works Of Providence 12/31/2002
27. To The University Of Cambridge 1/1/2004
28. On Recollection 12/31/2002
29. On The Death Of Rev. Mr. George Whitefield 12/31/2002
30. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An Infant Of Twelve Months 12/31/2002
31. His Excellency General Washington 1/20/2012
32. An Hymn To The Evening 12/31/2002
33. A Farewell To America To Mrs. S. W. 12/31/2002
34. A Rebus 1/1/2004
35. On Virtue 12/31/2002
36. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Years Of Age 12/31/2002
37. Ode To Neptune 12/31/2002
38. An Hymn To Humanity 1/1/2004
39. On Being Brought From Africa To America 1/1/2004
40. An Hymn To The Morning 12/31/2002
Best Poem of Phillis Wheatley

On Imagination

THY various works, imperial queen, we see,
How bright their forms! how deck'd with pomp
by thee!
Thy wond'rous acts in beauteous order stand,
And all attest how potent is thine hand.
From Helicon's refulgent heights attend,
Ye sacred choir, and my attempts befriend:
To tell her glories with a faithful tongue,
Ye blooming graces, triumph in my song.
Now here, now there, the roving Fancy flies,
Till some lov'd object strikes her wand'ring eyes,
Whose silken fetters all the senses bind,
And soft captivity involves the mind.
Imagination! who ...

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On Virtue

O Thou bright jewel in my aim I strive
To comprehend thee. Thine own words declare
Wisdom is higher than a fool can reach.
I cease to wonder, and no more attempt
Thine height t' explore, or fathom thy profound.
But, O my soul, sink not into despair,
Virtue is near thee, and with gentle hand
Would now embrace thee, hovers o'er thine head.
Fain would the heav'n-born soul with her converse,

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