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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

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

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

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  • Gold Star - 221,835 Points Chinedu 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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  • Gold Star - 15,796 Points Adeeb 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++++++++++++
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  • Rookie Laura Woodell (8/22/2019 11:13:00 AM)

    The real Israelite. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Cedric 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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  • Rookie Bootyhole (3/14/2019 2:26:00 PM)

    Let me suck yo tiddy Already Reported Reply

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

    suck your dads tiddy

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

    I’m open for dibs. (Report) Reply

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

    tbh I'd rather read a poem about the hit new video game Fortnite: Battle Royale Already Reported Reply

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  • Rookie 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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Africa Poems
  1. 1. On Being Brought From Africa To America
    Phillis Wheatley
  2. 2. A Far Cry From Africa
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  3. 3. Africa
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  4. 4. Brother Africa
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  5. 5. Born In Africa
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  6. 6. ! ! Spirit Of Africa
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  7. 7. It's The Africa In Me
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  8. 8. Africa
  9. 9. To The Genius Of Africa
    Robert Southey
  10. 10. Africa
    Joseph Seamon Cotter
  11. 11. ' My Africa Home
    Efe Benjamin
  12. 12. An Africa Thunderstorm
    David Rubadiri
  13. 13. A Memorial Of Africa
    George MacDonald
  14. 14. Africa
    Abisoye Sejoro
  15. 15. Mama Africa
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  16. 16. An Echo From Africa
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  17. 17. Africa
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  18. 18. Africa Sings
    Diana van den Berg
  19. 19. Africa, My Ancient Home!
    Eche Ononukwe
  20. 20. Don’t Cry For Me Africa
    Aldo Kraas
  21. 21. The Battle Of Shina, In Africa, Fought I..
    William Topaz McGonagall
  22. 22. A Cry From South Africa
    James Montgomery
  23. 23. Oh It Is Africa
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  24. 24. Africa
    TracyLee Eckstein
  25. 25. (africa Poems) Eagle Metaphor
    Pheko Motaung
  26. 26. Show Me My Africa!
    Siyabonga A Nxumalo
  27. 27. Crying 'Africa'
    konye ori
  28. 28. Rise Up Africa
    Matt Starking
  29. 29. Mid Wastes Of Africa A Wanderer Sped
    France Preseren
  30. 30. Africa Has A Soul
    kemurl fofanah
  31. 31. Rise Up Africa
    Paul Owusu-Aduening
  32. 32. To Africa (While I Was There In The Dese..
    Peter S. Quinn
  33. 33. I Have A Dream Of An Africa
    LLM Mbatha
  34. 34. Africa My Land
    Thobile Masondo
  35. 35. My Africa
    Emmanuel Odum
  36. 36. Africa
    Herbert Nehrlich
  37. 37. Africa My Beginning And Africa My Ending..
    Ernest Makuakua
  38. 38. Csi Africa 'Haiku'
    Josephe Buchanan
  39. 39. Daughter Of Africa
    Peter Rhodes
  40. 40. Urban Africa
    Edward Kofi Louis
  41. 41. Africa.
    Solomon Bright Dankwa
  42. 42. Africa
    Gopi Krishnan Kottoor
  43. 43. Mama Africa
    Lucia Domingos Fula
  44. 44. Africa
    Edward Kofi Louis
  45. 45. Africa
    Brynn Fier
  46. 46. Father Africa
    Joseph Oladehinde Ibikunle
  47. 47. Mama Africa
    Elijah Ifetayo
  48. 48. Africa The Dignity Deferred
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  49. 49. Hail Africa
    Bridget Pearson
  50. 50. Mama Africa
    Edward Kofi Louis

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Africa Poems

  1. Africa

    The sun sought thy dim bed and brought forth light, The sciences were sucklings at thy breast; When all the world was young in pregnant night Thy slaves toiled at thy monumental best. Thou ancient treasure-land, thou modern prize, New peoples marvel at thy pyramids! The years roll on, thy sphinx of riddle eyes Watches the mad world with immobile lids. The Hebrews humbled them at Pharaoh's name. Cradle of Power! Yet all things were in vain! Honor and Glory, Arrogance and Fame! They went. The darkness swallowed thee again. Thou art the harlot, now thy time is done, Of all the mighty nations of the sun.

  2. A Far Cry From Africa

    A wind is ruffling the tawny pelt Of Africa, Kikuyu, quick as flies, Batten upon the bloodstreams of the veldt. Corpses are scattered through a paradise. Only the worm, colonel of carrion, cries: 'Waste no compassion on these separate dead!' Statistics justify and scholars seize The salients of colonial policy. What is that to the white child hacked in bed? To savages, expendable as Jews? Threshed out by beaters, the long rushes break In a white dust of ibises whose cries Have wheeled since civilizations dawn >From the parched river or beast-teeming plain. The violence of beast on beast is read As natural law, but upright man Seeks his divinity by inflicting pain. Delirious as these worried beasts, his wars Dance to the tightened carcass of a drum, While he calls courage still that native dread Of the white peace contracted by the dead. Again brutish necessity wipes its hands Upon the napkin of a dirty cause, again A waste of our compassion, as with Spain, The gorilla wrestles with the superman. I who am poisoned with the blood of both, Where shall I turn, divided to the vein? I who have cursed The drunken officer of British rule, how choose Between this Africa and the English tongue I love? Betray them both, or give back what they give? How can I face such slaughter and be cool? How can I turn from Africa and live?

  3. Brother Africa

    He lies near to death Dying in the dust Broken and forgot. Now his children Once mighty tribes Fall before the setting sun. His women - - young and old Dead and dying Host the killer AIDS. He calls for help To rich brothers in the West But his cries fall upon stone-deaf ears. For they find no profit Supplying HIV drugs To those who cannot pay.

  4. Born In Africa

    I was born in Africa In the war and poverty I love Africa my country I will save Africa. I was born in Africa The richest land for others The hell for our mothers I must save Africa. I was born in Africa Garden of dictatorship That makes hopelessness our ship Let me save Africa!

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