On Being Brought From Africa to America

(2000)

"On Being Brought From Africa to America" is the first song of Tom Cipullo's song cycle Climbing: 7 Songs on 8 Poems by African-Americans.

On Being Brought From Africa to America
by 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 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.


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