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" Slaves cannot breathe in England ; if their lungs Receive our air, that moment they are free ; They touch our country, and their shackles fall. "
The Quarterly review - Page 131
1819
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The Monthly Repository of Theology and General Literature, Volume 21

1826
...extinction, to its utter extermination." The poet cxultingly exclaims — Slam's cannot breathe iu England; if their lungs Receive our air, that moment they are free ; 'Пил touch our country, and their shackles fall ; That's nolilr, and bespeaks a nation proud Aud...
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The English Reader, Or, Pieces in Prose and Poetry: Selected from the Best ...

Lindley Murray - 1827 - 264 pages
...abroad ? And they themselves once ferried o'er the wave That parts us, are emancipate and loos'd. 6. Slaves cannot breathe in England : if their lungs...bespeaks a nation proud And jealous of the blessing. Spread it then, And let it circulate through ev'ry vein Of all your empire ; that where Britain's power...
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English Reader, Or Pieces in Prose and Poetry

Lindley Murray - 1827
...wave , ' That parts us, are emancipate and loos'd. 6. Slaves cannot breathe in England: if their lung! Receive our air, that moment they are free; They touch...bespeaks a nation proud And jealous of the blessing. Spread it then, And let it circulate through ev'ry vein Of all your empire: that where Britain's power...
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The English Reader, Or, Pieces in Prose and Poetry: From the Best Writers ...

Lindley Murray - 1827 - 263 pages
...abroad ? And they themselves once ferried o'er the wave That parts us, are emancipate and loos'd. 6 Slaves cannot breathe in England : if their lungs...; They touch our country, and their shackles fall. Thatjs noble, and bespeaks a nation proud And jealous of the blessing. Spread it then, And let it circulate...
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An Illustration of the Principles of Elocution ...

William Brittingham Lacey - 1828 - 300 pages
...why abroad ? And they themselves once ferried o'er the wave That parts us, are emancipate and loos'd. Slaves cannot breathe in England ; if their lungs...bespeaks a nation proud And jealous of the blessing. Spread it then, And let it circulate through ev'ry vein Of all your empire ; that where Britain's power...
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The Negro in American History: Men and Women Eminent in the Evolution of the ...

John Wesley Cromwell - 1914 - 284 pages
...no such law. This decision inspired Cowper's lines: Slaves cannot breathe in England; if their lunga Receive our air, that moment they are free; They touch our country and their shackles fall. "The Story of the Slave," see, also, "Slavery and Anti-Slavery," William Goodell, for an elaborate...
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From Harlem to Paris: Black American Writers in France, 1840-1980

Michel Fabre - 1993 - 384 pages
...represents an early, important, and for a time the only, cultural link between American Negroes and France. Slaves cannot breathe in England: if their lungs Receive...free, They touch our country, and their shackles fall. Cowper's lines epitomized England's aspiration to be the champion of abolitionism. In quoting them...
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Multicultural Literature and Literacies: Making Space for Difference

Suzanne Miale Miller, Suzanne M. Miller, Barbara McCaskill - 1993 - 300 pages
...Americans' own hypocrisy. "Slaves cannot breathe in England," William Cowper had rejoiced in 1785, "if their lungs / Receive our air, that moment they.../ They touch our country, and their shackles fall" (Task, 1836-1837, Book II, line 40). By act of Parliament and official decree, England had emancipated...
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Crowns of Glory, Tears of Blood

1997 - 378 pages
...why abroad? And they themselves once ferried over the wave, That parts us, are emancipate and loosed. Slaves cannot breathe in England. If their lungs Receive...free; They touch our country, and their shackles fall. That is noble, and bespeaks a nation proud And jealous of the blessing. Spread it then, And let it...
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Civilization and Black Progress: Selected Writings of Alexander Crummell on ...

Alexander Crummell, Southern Texts Society - 1995 - 265 pages
...after them. / The good is oft interred with their 1 o bones." Shakespeare, Julius Caesar 3.2.81-82. 5. "Slaves cannot breathe in England, if their lungs...They touch our country, and their shackles fall." William Cowper, The Task 2.40-42. 6. "The fair humanities of old religion." Samuel Taylor Coleridge,...
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