Episode 43: "The Washer-Woman" by Otto Leland Bohanan

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#GoodPoetry​ presents an excerpt from Phillis Wheatley's poem, entitled "To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth". This poem was published in Phillis Wheatley's poetry book, entitled, "Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral" in 1773. This poem is in the public domain. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This colored illustration of Phillis Wheatley is in the public domain. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Here is the text for the excerpt of Phillis Wheatley's poem, entitled, "To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth": Should you, my lord, while you peruse my song, Wonder from whence my love of Freedom sprung, Whence flow these wishes for the common good, By feeling hearts alone best understood, I, young in life, by seeming cruel fate Was snatch'd from Afric's fancy'd happy seat: What pangs excruciating must molest, What sorrows labour in my parent's breast? Steel'd was that soul and by no misery mov'd That from a father seiz'd his babe belov'd: Such, such my case. And can I then but pray Others may never feel tyrannic sway? ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You can watch more GoodPoetry videos on GoodPoetry's YouTube Channel and on Teyuna Darris' YouTube channel. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You can listen to more GoodPoetry episodes at Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Anchor.FM, and other major podcast platforms. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Connect with GoodPoetry (@itsgoodpoetry) and Teyuna Darris (@tdarris) on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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