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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

  • Gold Star - 88,452 Points Susan Williams (10/21/2015 3:35:00 PM)

    There's a lot of well-written comments on this poem printed below. Sarcasm could definitely be a key to this poem, but I would toss into the discussion that there is a history of the slaves embracing Christianity and there was nothing sarcastic in their belief. They found comfort in Jesus Christ and in the promise of happiness in heaven. Being the rare educated slave, she may have mocked the beliefs of her fellows, the inferior field slaves. I hate to think that. Sometimes high education can lead to arrogance but I don't want to see that trait in the poet. Besides, I sense a sincerity in her. She could very well be thankful that she was brought from a country that did not know Christianity to a country where she learned about the religion and was given the high education she would never have received in Africa. She seems to have been well treated and valued so perhaps she felt she was better off than she would have been in Africa where she may have lived in a slavery to African cultural beliefs that women were cattle. Just a thought. I find myself swaying back and forth on the issue of sarcasm versus sincerity. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie DaVonna Moore-Middleton (1/28/2015 9:30:00 AM)

    Phillis Wheatley is a really good poet. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 24,921 Points Ramesh Rai (1/31/2014 9:27:00 PM)

    A great tribute to the Lord to bestow His mercy and many many thanks to Wheatley family to engross firm faith to enlighten the great soul which shall ever be enlightening the world. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Africa

  1. 1. On Being Brought From Africa To America , Phillis Wheatley
  2. 2. A Far Cry From Africa , Derek Walcott
  3. 3. Africa , Claude McKay
  4. 4. Brother Africa , Colin Ian Jeffery
  5. 5. ! ! Spirit Of Africa , Bob Blackwell
  6. 6. Africa , SEGUN RASAKI
  7. 7. To The Genius Of Africa , Robert Southey
  8. 8. Africa , Joseph Seamon Cotter
  9. 9. Born In Africa , St Antoine de la Vuadi
  10. 10. It's The Africa In Me , Diana van den Berg
  11. 11. A Memorial Of Africa , George MacDonald
  12. 12. ' My Africa Home , Efe Benjamin
  13. 13. A Cry From South Africa , James Montgomery
  14. 14. An Africa Thunderstorm , David Rubadiri
  15. 15. Africa Sings , Diana van den Berg
  16. 16. Africa , Abisoye Sejoro
  17. 17. An Echo From Africa , Clarence Michael James Stani ..
  18. 18. Africa , Chime Hilary Uchenna
  19. 19. Mama Africa , Sylvia Chidi
  20. 20. Don’t Cry For Me Africa , Aldo Kraas
  21. 21. Show Me My Africa! , Siyabonga A Nxumalo
  22. 22. The Battle Of Shina, In Africa, Fought I.. , William Topaz McGonagall
  23. 23. Mid Wastes Of Africa A Wanderer Sped , France Preseren
  24. 24. Africa , TracyLee Eckstein
  25. 25. Africa, My Ancient Home! , Eche Ononukwe
  26. 26. Oh It Is Africa , lizzie davis
  27. 27. (africa Poems) Eagle Metaphor , Pheko Motaung
  28. 28. Crying 'Africa' , konye ori
  29. 29. I Have A Dream Of An Africa , LLM Mbatha
  30. 30. Africa The Dignity Deferred , Anele TheAfrikanSon kaMtheth ..
  31. 31. Africa Has A Soul , kemurl fofanah
  32. 32. Rise Up Africa , Paul Owusu-Aduening
  33. 33. To Africa (While I Was There In The Dese.. , Peter S. Quinn
  34. 34. Our Dead In South Africa , Jean Blewett
  35. 35. Africa , Brynn Fier
  36. 36. Father Africa , Joseph Oladehinde Ibikunle
  37. 37. My Africa , Emmanuel Odum
  38. 38. Africa , Herbert Nehrlich
  39. 39. Csi Africa 'Haiku' , Josephe Buchanan
  40. 40. Daughter Of Africa , Peter Rhodes
  41. 41. Africa , Gopi Krishnan Kottoor
  42. 42. South Africa Is Also My Country , Gert Strydom
  43. 43. Africa My Beginning And Africa My Ending.. , Ernest Makuakua
  44. 44. Africa. , Solomon Bright Dankwa
  45. 45. Africa , sallam yassin
  46. 46. Urban Africa , Edward Kofi Louis
  47. 47. Rise Up Africa , Matt Ancient
  48. 48. Mama Africa , Lucia Domingos Fula
  49. 49. A Colonized Mind Of Africa , Jacques Sprenkie Mateya
  50. 50. Giant Of Africa , Mimiko moruf oluwakayode
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