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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 earn'd. "
The Tourist: A Literary and Anti-slavery Journal - Page 66
1833
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Readings in English Literature

Roy Bennett Pace - English literature - 1917 - 512 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, 30 And tremble when I wake, for all the wealth That sinews bought and sold have ever earned. No : dear...
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English Poets of the Eighteenth Century

Ernest Bernbaum - English poetry - 1918 - 364 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, And tremble when I wake, for all the wealth That sinews bought and sold have ever earned. No : dear as freedom is, and...
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The Great Tradition: A Book of Selections from English and American Prose ...

Edwin Greenlaw, James Holly Hanford - American literature - 1919 - 679 pages
...seeing this, And having human feelings, does not blush, And hang his head, to think himself a man ? of I wake, for all the wealth That sinews bought and sold have ever earned. No: dear as freedom is, and...
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The Great Tradition: A Book of Selections from English and American Prose ...

Edwin Almiron Greenlaw, James Holly Hanford - American literature - 1919 - 679 pages
...seeing this, And having human feelings, does not blush, And hang his head, to think himself a man f ear that Mr. Wordsworth and I were neighbors, our conversations turned frequently 3 And tremble when I wake, for all the wealth That sinews bought and sold have ever earned. No: dear...
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The French Quarterly, Volumes 7-8

Gustave Rudler - France - 1925
...spirit of world-wide love for the oppressed at last expresses itself in William Cowper's verse : 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 earn'd. No : dear as freedom is, and...
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Colonialism and Gender Relations from Mary Wollstonecraft to Jamaica Kincaid ...

Moira Ferguson - Literary Criticism - 1993 - 175 pages
...passage from William Cowper's poem, The Task, which was 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 I wake, for all the wealth That sinews bought and sold have ever earn'd. No: dear as freedom is, and...
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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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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 me, to fan me 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...
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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 me, to fan me while I sleep. And tremble when I wake, for all the wealth That sinews bought and sold have ever earn'd. No: dear as freedom is. and...
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