Phillis Wheatley

(1753 – 5 December 1784 / Gambia)

On Virtue

Poem by Phillis Wheatley

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,
Then seek, then court her for her promis'd bliss.
Auspicious queen, thine heav'nly pinions spread,
And lead celestial Chastity along;
Lo! now her sacred retinue descends,
Array'd in glory from the orbs above.
Attend me, Virtue, thro' my youthful years!
O leave me not to the false joys of time!
But guide my steps to endless life and bliss.
Greatness, or Goodness, say what I shall call thee,
To give me an higher appellation still,
Teach me a better strain, a nobler lay,
O thou, enthron'd with Cherubs in the realms of day.


Comments about On Virtue by Phillis Wheatley

  • Who tf. Asked (4/25/2020 11:03:00 AM)

    I not good at poetry(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (2/9/2018 3:23:00 PM)

    There is wisdom in virtue- youth however is so attuned to excitement take a pass on either until they have tp pay the piper for the dance they led. Great piece of writing(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (2/9/2018 2:40:00 AM)

    I strive! ! Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (2/9/2018 1:18:00 AM)

    Such a great write by Phillis Wheatley👍👍👍(Report)Reply

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  • Rose Marie Juan-austinRose Marie Juan-austin (11/2/2017 9:30:00 PM)

    A brilliant write. The poem beautifully draws that virtue is indeed a divine quality.(Report)Reply

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  • Bill CantrellBill Cantrell (11/2/2017 6:53:00 PM)

    What a brilliant poetess, I applaud the genius behind her words, a powerful voice from the past that few can today compare to(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (11/2/2017 5:54:00 PM)

    Wisdom is higher than a fool can reach... . beautiful spiritual poem shared.(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (11/2/2017 5:20:00 PM)

    Such an inspiring write by Phillis Wheatley.....(Report)Reply

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  • Seamus O BrianSeamus O Brian (11/2/2016 4:14:00 PM)

    Ahhh....virtue. A beautiful tribute to what was once considered not only the cornerstone to a successful life, but even more so to a successful society. Oh heaven, by Thy grace, let the call to virtue once more ring in our streets.(Report)Reply

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  • Clarence PrinceClarence Prince (11/2/2016 8:54:00 AM)

    Her very words revealed that she was living with faith, and a hope in God!(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (11/2/2016 4:51:00 AM)

    Wisdom is higher than a fool can reach. A proven fact. Thanks for sharing it here.(Report)Reply

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  • Indira RenganathanIndira Renganathan (11/2/2016 4:27:00 AM)

    poem on the importance of virtue with choicest words.....descriptive work too-10(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (11/2/2016 3:39:00 AM)

    Sink not into despair! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (11/2/2016 3:04:00 AM)

    A wonderful poem, A prayer in poetic form...(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (11/2/2016 12:58:00 AM)

    Then seek, then court her for her promis'd bliss.

    Virtue indeed has a promised bliss..... Peace and order, life in prosperity, life worthy before the Lord..... Nice poem...(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002