To The Right Honourable William, Earl Of Dartmouth, His Majesty's Principal Secretary Of State Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


Hail happy day when smiling like the mornA
Fair Freedom rose New England to adornA
The northern clime beneath her genial rayB
Dartmouth congratulates thy blissful swayB
Elate with hope her race no longer mournsC
Each soul expands each grateful bosom burnsD
While in thine hand with pleasure we beholdE
The silken reins and Freedom's charms unfoldE
Long lost to realms beneath the northern skiesF
She shines supreme while hated faction diesF
Soon as appear'd the Goddess long desir'dG
Sick at the view she languish'd and expir'dH
Thus from the splendors of the morning lightI
The owl in sadness seeks the caves of nightI
No more America in mournful strainJ
Of wrongs and grievance unredress'd complainJ
No longer shalt thou dread the iron chainJ
Which wanton Tyranny with lawless handK
Had made and with it meant t' enslave the landK
Should you my lord while you peruse my songL
Wonder from whence my love of Freedom sprungM
Whence flow these wishes for the common goodN
By feeling hearts alone best understoodN
I young in life by seeming cruel fateO
Was snatch'd from Afric's fancy'd happy seatP
What pangs excruciating must molestQ
What sorrows labour in my parent's breastQ
Steel'd was that soul and by no misery mov'dR
That from a father seiz'd his babe belov'dS
Such such my case And can I then but prayB
Others may never feel tyrannic swayB
For favours past great Sir our thanks are dueT
And thee we ask thy favours to renewT
Since in thy pow'r as in thy will beforeU
To sooth the griefs which thou did'st once deploreU
May heav'nly grace the sacred sanction giveV
To all thy works and thou for ever liveW
Not only on the wings of fleeting FameX
Though praise immortal crowns the patriot's nameX
But to conduct to heav'ns refulgent faneJ
May fiery coursers sweep th' ethereal plainJ
And bear thee upwards to that blest abodeY
Where like the prophet thou shalt find thy GodZ

Phillis Wheatley


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