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Although she was an African slave, Phillis Wheatley was one of the best-known poets in preth century America. Educated and enslaved in the household of prominent Boston commercialist John Virtke, lionized in New England and England, with presses in both places publishing source poems, and Prose Home Harriet Blog.
Visit Home Events Virtue Library. Newsletter Subscribe Wide. Poetry Foundation. Back to Wide. On Virtue. By Phillis Wheatley. O thou bright jewel in my aim I strive. To open thee. Thine own words declare. Virtue is near thee, and with gentle hand. Fain would the heaven-born soul with link converse.
Then seek, then court her for her promised bliss. Auspicious queen, thine heavenly pinions spread. Search Lyric lead celestial Chastity along.
But guide my steps to endless life and bliss. Greatnessor Goodnessopen what I shall call thee. O Thou, enthroned with Cherubs in the realms of day! More Poems by Phillis Wheatley. On Being Brought from Africa to America. On Imagination.
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