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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. "
Poems - Page 28
by William Cowper - 1826
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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...
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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,...
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Feminism: Feminism and the Enlightenment

Mary Evans - Feminism - 2001 - 499 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...
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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 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. We have no...
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William Cowper: Selected Poems

William Cowper - Poetry - 2003 - 119 pages
...his sweat With stripes, that mercy, with a bleeding heart, Weeps when she sees inflicted on a beast. Then what is man? And what man, seeing this, And having...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 as freedom is, and...
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The Poetry of Slavery: An Anglo-American Anthology, 1764-1865

Marcus Wood - History - 2003 - 704 pages
...his sweat With stripes, that mercy with a bleeding heart Weeps when she sees inflicted on a beast. Then what is man? And what man seeing this, And having...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...
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Searching for Jane Austen

Emily Auerbach - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 344 pages
...Mercy, with a bleeding heart, / Weeps when she sees inflicted on a beast." Cowper's words are strong: Then what is man? And what man seeing this, And having...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. Cowper concludes,...
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Into the Mouths of Babes: An Anthology of Children's Abolitionist Literature

Deborah C. De Rosa - Education - 2005 - 390 pages
...and these people and their children are the slaves spoken of in the poetry Lucy has been saying: — 'I would not have a slave to till my ground, To carry me, to fan me while I sleep.' "These were things the slaves were employed to do. When it was very hot, the masters and mistresses...
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Dickens and the Popular Radical Imagination

Sally Ledger - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 295 pages
...text, which itself swiftly modulates from the " Portentous, unexampled, unexplain'd ! • What'inaii seeing: this, And having human feelings, does not...And hang his head, to think himself a man ? — i I cannot rest A silent witness of the headlong rage, Or heedless folly; by which thousands die Bleed...
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The Most Disreputable Trade: Publishing the Classics of English Poetry 1765-1810

Thomas F. Bonnell - Literary Criticism - 2008 - 408 pages
...HATRED i AND ON SLAVERY. Weqss when she sees inflicted on J beast* Then what is man ? and what mnn seeing this, And having human feelings, does not blush And hang his head, to think: himself a man ? t would not have a slave to till my ground, To carry me, to fan me while 1 sleep. And tremble when...
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