To S.M A Young African Painter, On Seeing His Work

  • To S. M. A Young African Painter, On Seeing His Works

  • Phillis Wheatley

    TO show the lab’ring bosom’s deep intent,

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  • And thought in living characters to paint,

  • When first thy pencil did those beauties give,

  • And breathing figures learnt from thee to live,

  • How did those prospects give my soul delight,

  • Phillis Wheatley

    A new creation rushing on my sight?

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  • Still, wond’rous youth!

  • each noble path pursue,

  • On deathless glories fix thine ardent view:

  • Still may the painter’s and the poet’s fire

  • To aid thy pencil, and thy verse conspire!

  • Phillis Wheatley

    And may the charms of each seraphic theme

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  • Conduct thy footsteps to immortal fame!

  • High to the blissful wonders of the skies

  • Elate thy soul, and raise thy wishful eyes.

  • Thrice happy, when exalted to survey

  • That splendid city, crown’d with endless day,

  • Phillis Wheatley

    Whose twice six gates on radiant hinges ring:

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  • Celestial Salem blooms in endless spring.