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“In every human breast, God has implanted a principle, which we call love of freedom; it is impatient of oppression and pants for deliverance.”
“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.”
“See in the east, the illustrious king of day! / His rising radiance drives the shades away ...”
“Through all the heavens what beauteous dyes are spread, / But the west glories in the deepest red ...”
“Imagination! who can sing thy force? / Or who describe the swiftness of thy course?”
“Such is thy power, nor are thine orders vain. / O thou, the leader of the mental train ...”
“In death the friend, the kind companion lies, / And in one death what various comfort dies!”
Phillis Wheatley, U.S. poet
(1753 - 1784)