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'On being brought from Africa to America'
(poem by Phillis Wheatley)
Reproduced in The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa, the African
(1814 edition), p. 446


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On being brought from AFRICA to AMERICA.

'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, Negroes, black as Cain,
May be refin'd, and join th' angelic train.


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