In every human Beast, God has implanted a Principle, which we call Love of Freedom; it is impatient of Oppression, and pants for Deliverance.
The world is a severe schoolmaster, for its frowns are less dangerous than its smiles and flatteries, and it is a difficult task to keep in the path of wisdom.
Remember, Christians, Negroes, black as Cain, /May be refin'd and join th' angelic train.
Through thickest gloom look back, immortal shade,
On that confusion which thy death has made.
Since my return to America my Master, has at the desire of my friends in England given me my freedom.
Thou didst, in strains of eloquence refin'd, Inflame the soul, and captivate the mind.
Proceed, great chief, with virtue on thy sideThy every action let the goddess guide.
Aurora hail, and all the thousand dies,
Which deck thy progress through the vaulted skies:
The morn awakes, and wide extends her rays,
On ev'ry leaf the gentle zephyr plays;
Harmonious lays the feather'd race resume,
Dart the bright eye, and shake the painted plume.
May be refined, and join the angelic train.
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