Wheatley, “On Being Brought from Africa to America” read by Mara Scanlon

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‘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, Negros, black as Cain,
May be refin’d and join th’angelic train.


  1. Denise Palmer says:

    The voice is all wrong for this poem. No offence, but it has no African/African American timber, cadence or nuances. Used it with my 11th class and they laughed aloud.

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