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Phillis Wheatley

  • In every human breast, God has implanted a principle, which we call love of freedom; it is impatient of oppression and pants for deliverance.

    • Phillis Wheatley,
    • in Boston Post-Boy ()
  • Some view our sable race with scornful eye — / 'Their color is a diabolic dye.' / Remember, Christians, Negroes black as Cain / May be refined, and join the angelic train.

    • Phillis Wheatley,
    • "On Being Brought From Africa to America" (1773), Memoir and Poems of Phillis Wheatley ()
  • See in the east, the illustrious king of day! / His rising radiance drives the shades away ...

    • Phillis Wheatley,
    • "Hymn to Morning" (1773), Memoir and Poems of Phillis Wheatley ()
  • Through all the heavens what beauteous dyes are spread, / But the west glories in the deepest red ...

    • Phillis Wheatley,
    • "Hymn to Evening" (1773), Memoir and Poems of Phillis Wheatley ()
  • Imagination! who can sing thy force? / Or who describe the swiftness of thy course?

    • Phillis Wheatley,
    • "On Imagination" (1773), Memoir and Poems of Phillis Wheatley ()
  • Such is thy power, nor are thine orders vain. / O thou, the leader of the mental train ...

    • Phillis Wheatley,
    • "On Imagination" (1773), Memoir and Poems of Phillis Wheatley ()
  • In death the friend, the kind companion lies, / And in one death what various comfort dies!

    • Phillis Wheatley,
    • "To a Lady and Her Children" (1773), Memoir and Poems of Phillis Wheatley ()

Phillis Wheatley, U.S. poet

(1753 - 1784)