To the Right Honorable William, Earl of Dartmouth

  • To the Right Honorable William, Earl of Dartmouth

  • Phillis Wheatley

    Hail, happy day, when, smiling like the morn,

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  • Fair Freedom rose New-England to adorn:

  • The northern clime beneath her genial ray,

  • Dartmouth, congratulates thy blissful sway:

  • Elate with hope her race no longer mourns,

  • Each soul expands, each grateful bosom burns,

  • While in thine hand with pleasure we behold

  • The silken reins, and Freedom's charms unfold.

  • Long lost to realms beneath the northern skies

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  • Phillis Wheatley

    She shines supreme, while hated faction dies:

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  • Soon as appear'd the Goddess long desir'd,

  • Sick at the view, she languish'd and expir'd;

  • Thus from the splendors of the morning light

  • The owl in sadness seeks the caves of night.

  • No more, America, in mournful strain

  • Phillis Wheatley

    Of wrongs, and grievance unredress'd complain,

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  • No longer shalt thou dread the iron chain,

  • Which wanton Tyranny with lawless hand