Phillis Wheatley

(1753 – 5 December 1784 / Gambia)

An Hymn To Humanity

Poem by Phillis Wheatley

I.

Lo! for this dark terrestrial ball
Forsakes his azure-paved hall
A prince of heav'nly birth!
Divine Humanity behold,
What wonders rise, what charms unfold
At his descent to earth!

II.

The bosoms of the great and good
With wonder and delight he view'd,
And fix'd his empire there:
Him, close compressing to his breast,
The sire of gods and men address'd,
"My son, my heav'nly fair!

III.

"Descend to earth, there place thy throne;
"To succour man's afflicted son
"Each human heart inspire:
"To act in bounties unconfin'd
"Enlarge the close contracted mind,
"And fill it with thy fire."

IV.

Quick as the word, with swift career
He wings his course from star to star,
And leaves the bright abode.
The Virtue did his charms impart;
Their G-----! then thy raptur'd heart
Perceiv'd the rushing God:

V.

For when thy pitying eye did see
The languid muse in low degree,
Then, then at thy desire
Descended the celestial nine;
O'er me methought they deign'd to shine,
And deign'd to string my lyre.

VI.

Can Afric's muse forgetful prove?
Or can such friendship fail to move
A tender human heart?
Immortal Friendship laurel-crown'd
The smiling Graces all surround
With ev'ry heav'nly Art.


Comments about An Hymn To Humanity by Phillis Wheatley

  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (10/28/2019 12:47:00 AM)

    A fine and lofty verse written with clarity of thought and mind. A beautiful work of art.(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (10/11/2019 12:07:00 AM)

    For when thy pitying eye did see
    The languid muse in low degree,
    Then, then at thy desire
    Descended the celestial nine;


    great, great write
    10++++++++++(Report)Reply

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (2/27/2019 10:20:00 PM)

    '" Enlarge the close contracted mind,
    " And fill it with thy fire." ' - Nice!(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (2/27/2019 4:44:00 PM)

    Can Afric's muse forgetful prove?
    Or can such friendship fail to move
    A tender human heart? ....immortal friendship....... thank u dear poetess. tony(Report)Reply

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  • paul amrod (2/27/2019 8:59:00 AM)

    An absolutely marvelous ode to our counselor. Highly commendably written with a beautiful old English that always rings true.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (2/27/2019 8:29:00 AM)

    " Each human heart inspire
    To act in bounties unconfined
    Enlarge the close contracted mind
    And fill it with thy fire" .
    Simply mind blowing.(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (2/27/2019 1:18:00 AM)

    One of the best poems by Phillis Wheatley........(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (2/27/2019 12:47:00 AM)

    let the triumph come eternally for this poem(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (1/21/2019 10:50:00 AM)

    'A tender human heart!

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (1/21/2019 9:15:00 AM)

    This feels like a hymn to me indeed, and I wonder if anyone has set it to music. For me the most striking phrase—Enlarge the close contracted mind. -GK(Report)Reply

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (1/21/2019 7:09:00 AM)

    Truth be told, couldn't get into the poem. Every verse went above the head! :)(Report)Reply

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian Flett (1/21/2019 3:00:00 AM)

    Enlarge the close contracted mind, ' This is a thought that applies still in this modern day where many closed minds still exist.(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (1/21/2019 12:25:00 AM)

    Thanks for sharing this poem on humanity not only for Africa but also for the whole world! Let us try to change this materialistic modern world of civilization into One Human World by Human Culture!(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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