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Memoir and poems of Phillis Wheatley, a native African and a slave

Memoir and poems of Phillis Wheatley, a native African and a slave
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  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Published)
  • Pages:103
  • Publication Date:1834
  • ASIN:B000862UZE

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ...the rewards our monarch will bestow "On him who conquers and destroys his foe." Eliab heard, and kindled into ire, To hear his shepherd brother thus inquire, And thus begun: "What errand brought thee, say, "Who keeps thy flock? or does it go astray? "I know the base ambition of thine heart, "But back in safety from the field depart." Eliab thus, to Jesse's youngest heir, Expressed his wrath in accents most severe. When to his brother mildly he reply'd, "Wrhat have I done? or what the cause to chide? The words were told before the king, who sent For the young hero to his royal tent. Before the monarch, dauntless, he began; "For this Philistine, fail no heart of man: "I '11 take the vale, and with the giant fight: "I dread not all his boasts nor all his might." When thus the king: "Durst thou, a stripling, go, "And venture combat with so great a foe, "Who all his days has been inured to fight, "And made its deeds his study and delight? "Battles and bloodshed brought the monster forth, "And clouds and whirlwinds ushered in his birth." When David thus: "I kept the fleecy care, "And out there rushed a lion and a bear: "A tender lamb the hungry lion took, "And with no other weapon than my crook, "Bold I pursued, and chased him o'er the field, "The prey delivered, and the lion killed. "As thus the lion and the bear I slew, "So shall Goliath fall, and all his crew: "The God who saved me from these beasts of prey, "By me this monster in the dust shall lay." So David spoke. The wondering king reply'd; "Go thou, with heaven and victory on thy side: "This coat of mail, this sword, gird on," he said, And placed a mighty helmet on his head. The coat, the sword, the helm, he laid aside, Nor chose to venture with those arms untry'd; Then took his staff,...

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