Sarah Wentworth Apthorp Morton

(1759 – 1846 / Boston)

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Sarah Wentworth Apthorp Morton (1759 – May 14, 1846) was an American poet.

She was born in Boston to a successful merchant family (descended from Charles Apthorp) on her fathers side and John Wentworth (Lieutenant-Governor) on her mother's side. In 1781, she was married to Boston lawyer Perez Morton at Trinity Church, Boston, and the couple lived on a family mansion on State Street. The... more »

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The African Chief

SEE how the black ship cleaves the main,
High bounding o'er the dark blue wave,
Remurmuring with the groans of pain,
Deep freighted with the princely slave!

Did all the gods of Afric sleep,
Forgetful of their guardian love,
When the white tyrants of the deep,
Betrayed him in the palmy grove.

A chief of Gambia's golden shore,
Whose arm the band of warriors led,
Or more—the lord of generous power,
By whom the foodless poor were fed.

Does not the voice of reason cry,
"Claim the first right that nature ...

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