mercy brought me from my pagan land,
Taught my benighted soul to understand
That there's a God, that there's a Saviour
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.
The Collected Works of
Phillis Wheatley. Ed. Henry
Louis Gates, Jr. NY: Oxford UP,