An Hymn To Humanity Poem by Phillis Wheatley

An Hymn To Humanity

Rating: 3.3


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!


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!


"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."


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:


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.


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.

Bernard F. Asuncion 27 February 2019

One of the best poems by Phillis Wheatley........

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Mahtab Bangalee 27 February 2019

let the triumph come eternally for this poem

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Edward Kofi Louis 21 January 2019

'A tender human heart! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Khairul Ahsan 21 January 2019

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

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Khairul Ahsan 27 February 2019

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

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Kumarmani Mahakul 06 February 2022

So beautifully executed. Nice poem. Full stars.

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 05 February 2022

A profound poem so beautifully crafted and expressed.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 05 February 2022

Utterances of a great poetess and I can read her deep belief in the Lord. True beautiful immortal poem

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Sylvia Frances Chan 05 February 2022

Most Beautiful Classic Poem Of The Day, chosen by Poem Hunter and Team, So many times chosen and this most precious poem of the great African American poetess is a true immortal poem.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 05 December 2021

Immortal Friendship laurel-crown'd The smiling Graces all surround With ev'ry heav'nly Art......outstanding lines.. Beautiful poem.

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