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" I would not have a slave to till my ground, To carry me, to fan me while I sleep, And tremble when I wake, for all the wealth That sinews bought and sold have ever earned. "
A cyclopędia of poetical quotations, arranged by H.G. Adams - Page 581
by Cyclopaedia - 1853 - 733 pages
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Ahead of Her Time: Abby Kelley and the Politics of Antislavery

Dorothy Sterling - Biography & Autobiography - 1994 - 436 pages
...novels of Scott and Jane Austen that were absorbing her contemporaries. She could quote Thomas Cowper's "I would not have a slave to till my ground/ To carry me, to fan me while I sleep," and "Fleecy locks and black complexion/ Cannot forfeit nature's claim;/ Skins may differ, but affection/Dwells...
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Feminist Interpretations of Mary Wollstonecraft

Maria J. Falco - Biography & Autobiography - 2010
...poignant passage from William Cowper's poem, "The Task," popular with the contemporary reading public: I would not have a slave to till my ground, To carry me, to fan me while I sleep, And tremble when 1 wake, for all the wealth That sinews bought and sold have ever earn'd. No: dear as freedom is, and...
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Lucretia Mott

Dorothy Sterling - Juvenile Nonfiction - 1999 - 237 pages
...moral. Lucretia's favorite was William Cowper. When, with flashing eyes and ringing voice, she recited: "I would not have a slave to till my ground, To carry...while I sleep, And tremble when I wake, for all the gold That sinews bought and sold have ever earned. No; dear as freedom is, and in my heart's Just estimation,...
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African-British Writings in the Eighteenth Century: The Politics of Race and ...

Helena Woodard - Literary Criticism - 1999 - 180 pages
...Nevertheless, in "The Task" (1785), Cowper argues that individual liberty is sanctioned by nature: "I would not have a slave to till my ground, / To carry me, to fan me while I sleep, / And tremble while I wake, for all the wealth / That sinews bought and sold have ever earned (2: 29-32, 40-44)....
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Feminism: Feminism and the Enlightenment

Mary Evans - Feminism - 2001 - 528 pages
...poignant passage from William Cowper's poem. The Task', popular with the contemporary reading public: I would not have a slave to till my ground. To carry...all the wealth That sinews bought and sold have ever earn'd. No: dear as freedom is. and in my heart's Just estimation priz'd above all price, I had much...
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Civilising Subjects: Metropole and Colony in the English Imagination 1830-1867

Catherine Hall - History - 2002 - 556 pages
...sadly kneeling and others working in the background under the overseers' whip. Cowper was quoted below: I would not have a Slave to till my ground, To carry...all the wealth That sinews bought and sold have ever earn'd. We have no slaves at home - why then abroad? This was followed by a poem in the voice of an...
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The Poetry of Slavery: An Anglo-American Anthology, 1764-1865

Marcus Wood - History - 2003 - 704 pages
...man seeing this, And having human feelings, does not blush And hang his head to think himself a man? I would not have a slave to till my ground, To carry me, to fan me while I sleep. And tremble while I wake, for all the wealth That sinews bought and sold have ever earn'd. No: dear as freedom...
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William Cowper: Selected Poems

William Cowper - Poetry - 2003 - 119 pages
...seeing this, And having human feelings, does not blush, And hang his head, to think himself a man? I would not have a slave to till my ground, To carry me, to fan me while I sleep, 30 And tremble when 1 wake, for all the wealth That sinews bought and sold have ever earn'd. No: dear...
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Searching for Jane Austen

Emily Auerbach - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 344 pages
...man seeing this, And having human feelings, does not blush And hang his head, to think himself a man? I would not have a slave to till my ground, To carry...wealth That sinews bought and sold have ever earned. Cowper concludes, "We have no slaves at home.—Then why abroad?" a question which goes as unanswered...
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The Early Republic: Primary Documents on Events from 1799 to 1820

Patricia L. Dooley - History - 2004 - 375 pages
...bought and sold have ever earned. No: dear as freedom is, and in my heart's Just estimation priz 'd above all price, I had much rather be myself the slave And wear the bonds, than fasten them on him." Zaama: "The Appeal of an Hapless African, to the Rising Generation of America [Part 3]" In the last...
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