QUOTE (Phillis Wheatley) – Dec 5

December 5, 2013

English: Portrait of Phillis Wheatley

English: Portrait of Phillis Wheatley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘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 color is a diabolic die.”
Remember, Christians, Negroes, black as Cain,
May be refin’d, and join th’ angelic train.”
~ Phillis Wheatley

In honor of Phillis Wheatley, who died on this day in 1784.  She was the first African American and first U.S. slave to publish a book of poems and only the third American woman to do so.

Phillis Wheatley died on this day in 1784.

Today in History – December 5


  1. JD, the word “legacy” comes to mind, but that might not be as accurate as the word used by the blogger above: “testimony”. This is quite a woman. Sometimes I use the word “is” as opposed to “was”, when it comes to individuals who have “finished the race”, leaving examples in their wake. “Is” … because they are alive in the Kingdom. I’m sorry I don’t get by here more often. You have a great blog. And, thank you … by the way … for stopping by the Other Side of the Trees. Peace to you and yours, JD. T

  2. […] QUOTE (Phillis Wheatley) – Dec 5 […]

  3. Beautiful…..

    • I agree – I want to read more of her work. She seemed like a wonderful woman.

      • Me too. I am going to buy a book!

      • I you think of it, I would love to know which book you buy and how you liked it.
        God Bless!

  4. Wow . . . what a lovely testimony to God’s Grace and Goodness and what an example to follow!

    • I agree completely. A wonderful example to follow.

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