Phillis Wheatley

(1753 – 5 December 1784 / Gambia)

On Being Brought From Africa To America

Poem 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 Saviour too:
Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.
Some view our sable race with scornful eye,
"Their colour is a diabolic die."
Remember, Christians, Negro's, black as Cain,
May be refin'd, and join th' angelic train.


Comments about On Being Brought From Africa To America by Phillis Wheatley

  • Ice Froster (1/29/2020 12:24:00 PM)

    america was mean back then and still now(Report)Reply

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  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (11/2/2019 8:46:00 AM)

    A poignant rendition set aside for sober reflection. A beautiful work of art.....................................................(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (10/11/2019 12:04:00 AM)

    Remember, Christians, Negro's, black as Cain,
    May be refin'd, and join th' angelic train.


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

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  • Laura Woodell (8/22/2019 11:13:00 AM)

    The real Israelite.(Report)Reply

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  • Cedric De RavaillacCedric De Ravaillac (4/26/2019 3:47:00 PM)

    Great Poem. The rhetorical device at play here is amazing, subtle but powerful in emphasis on how slavers disguised as European missionaries dominated the black continent to save them " Once I redemption neither sought nor knew." then she also shines some light on how racial hate and Christianity coalesce > . I could go on and on but nobody ain't got time for that. I relate to this so deeply.(Report)Reply

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  • Bootyhole (3/14/2019 2:26:00 PM)

    Let me suck yo tiddyAlready ReportedReply

    yo mom(4/30/2019 8:43:00 AM)

    suck your dads tiddy

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  • Adopt a kid (3/14/2019 2:15:00 PM)

    I’m open for dibs.(Report)Reply

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  • GAZAL (10/18/2018 5:16:00 AM)

    Yes I think she was being sarcastic, as blacks were considered demonic, savage, and unrefined based on the Judaeo-Christian misinterpretation of the Bible. Cursed Children of Ham... Yes in Senegambia there was academia, culture and literacy. the region is Muslim and there were Quranic schools. Teacher from both Guinea and Mali t(Timbuktu) taught in these area even till today.(Report)Reply

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  • Fortnite Gamer (10/11/2018 2:01:00 PM)

    tbh I'd rather read a poem about the hit new video game Fortnite: Battle RoyaleAlready ReportedReply

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  • minnn (9/18/2018 8:05:00 AM)

    nice! great poem phillis, you will always be remembered for your sweet poems!(Report)Reply

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  • African child (9/4/2018 2:20:00 PM)

    Food please(Report)Reply

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  • iBansi (8/27/2018 2:33:00 AM)

    Can feel the acrid sense of lost hope.....a nyc feel(Report)Reply

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  • lasi000 (6/4/2018 7:16:00 AM)

    lasi mo gakiliwi nhoihiooihhioihoiohiohiohioi(Report)Reply

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  • Jnjnjnkbkfbn sucks so jhjhjhjh you suck (5/23/2018 3:58:00 PM)

    Jhjhjhjhjhjjhjh you are a f word nig piece of garbage go die its better than any thing you can write make it way better you peace of trashAlready ReportedReply

    Dottie(2/12/2019 12:48:00 PM)

    Such hate in your heart! I will pray for you!

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  • lopez (3/2/2018 9:53:00 AM)

    what is the theme guyyssssss(Report)Reply

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  • John Engels (2/20/2018 9:14:00 AM)

    On being brought from Africa should be read as ironic.(Report)Reply

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  • bbbbb (2/19/2018 6:28:00 PM)

    how the did she not find a publisher? ? ? ? ? these poems are good!(Report)Reply

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  • milly (2/18/2018 1:55:00 PM)

    nice
    very goodddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd(Report)Reply

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  • Thuli dube (2/12/2018 10:23:00 AM)

    Nice poem(Report)Reply

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  • jhjhjhjhjhjhjhjhj (2/2/2018 12:25:00 PM)

    garbaggggggggggggggggggeeeeeee(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004