Wednesday, July 28, 2010

18th century

For something different, a poem by an African-American former slave - and a woman. Something quite shocking in the 18th centry.

On Being Brought from Africa to America ~ 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 Savior too: Once I redemption neither sought nor knew. Some view our sable race with scornful eye, “Their color is a diabolic die.” Remember, Christians, Negros, black as Cain, May be refined, and join th’ angelic train.

Page 661, The Norton anthology of poetry.

You can read more of Wheatley's work in an e-book - Poems on various subjects. To find out more about women in art, have a read of Forbidden fruit.

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