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Poem by Phillis Wheatley

To the Kings Most Excellent Majesty. 1768

  YOUR subjects hope, dread Sire
  The crown upon your brows may flourish long,
  And that your arm may in your God be strong!
  O may your sceptre numrous nations sway,
  And all with love and readiness obey!
     But how shall we the British king reward!
  Rule thou in peace, our father, and our lord!
  Midst the remembrance of thy favours past,
  The meanest peasants most admire the last*
  May George, beloved by all the nations round,
  Live with heavns choicest constant blessings crownd!
  Great God, direct, and guard him from on high,
  And from his head let evry evil fly!
  And may each clime with equal gladness see
  A monarchs smile can set his subjects free!

       * The Repeal of the Stamp Act.

Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley's other poems:
  1. On Virtue
  2. To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth
  3. On the Death of a Young Lady of Five Years of Age
  4. On the Death of the Rev. Dr. Sewell, 1769
  5. To a Lady and Her Children

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