"On Being Brought from Africa to America" by Phillis Wheatley

Poet Phillis Wheatley was kidnapped as a young girl from West Africa and enslaved in Boston in 1761. This poem, written in 1768, discusses Christianity, spiritual salvation, and racial equality. Read the text here.
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  1. mercy
    something for which to be thankful
    'Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,
  2. pagan
    relating to a polytheistic, pre-Christian religion
    'Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,
  3. benighted
    lacking enlightenment or knowledge or culture
    Taught my benighted soul to understand
  4. savior
    a person who rescues you from harm or danger
    That there's a God, that there's a Saviour too:
  5. redemption
    the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil
    Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.
  6. sable
    of a dark somewhat brownish black
    Some view our sable race with scornful eye,
  7. scornful
    expressing extreme contempt
    Some view our sable race with scornful eye,
  8. diabolic
    showing cunning or ingenuity or wickedness
    "Their colour is a diabolic die."
  9. refine
    improve or perfect by pruning or polishing
    Remember, Christians, Negros, black as Cain,
    May be refin'd, and join th' angelic train.
  10. angelic
    relating to spiritual beings attendant upon God
    Remember, Christians, Negros, black as Cain,
    May be refin'd, and join th' angelic train.

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