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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. "
Proverbs, Maxims, and Phrases of All Ages: Classified Subjectively and ... - Page 271
1887 - 602 pages
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Crowns of Glory, Tears of Blood

Emília Viotti da Costa - 1994 - 406 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 - 1995 - 298 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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The Blacks in Canada: A History

Robin W. Winks - 1997 - 582 pages
...Canada's own Negro history. The poet Cowper, in celebrating Justice Mansfield's decision, thought that "Slaves cannot breathe in England: if their lungs / Receive our air, that moment they are free." This was adequate poetry but inaccurate current events, for Mansfield's decision freed no substantial...
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Classical Economics: January 1819 to January 1820, Volume 1

Donald Rutherford - 1996 - 520 pages
...disadvantage, with that of the United States on this subject: — it might have occurred to him that — 'Slaves cannot breathe in England: — if their lungs...They touch our country — and their shackles fall. That's noble! and bespeaks a nation proud And jealous of the blessing.' Of this, however, Mr. Fearon...
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The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

Elizabeth M. Knowles - 1999 - 1160 pages
...bk. I The Sofa' I. 749; cl. Cowley 2 59:12, Proverbs (»11:15 20 Slaves cannot breathe in Kngland, if their lungs Receive our air, that moment they are...free; They touch our country, and their shackles fall. The Task ( l 78 s I bk. 2 'The Timepiece' I. 40; cf. Anonymous I8:S 21 Hngland, with all thy faults,...
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Slave Narratives (LOA #114): Ukawsaw Gronniosaw / Olaudah Equiano / Nat ...

William L. Andrews, Henry Louis Gates - 2000 - 1066 pages
...GARRISON. RUNNING A THOUSAND MILES FOR FREEDOM; OR, THE ESCAPE OF WILLIAM AND ELLEN CRAFT FROM SLAVERY. "Slaves cannot breathe in England: if their lungs...touch our country, and their shackles fall. " COWPER. LONDON: WILLIAM TWEEDIE, 337, STRAND. i860. Ellen Craft, the fugitive slave. PREFACE. HAVING heard...
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Poems of Nation, Anthems of Empire: English Verse in the Long Eighteenth Century

Suvir Kaul - 2000 - 358 pages
...guaranteed to Britons with that denied to the people they enslave abroad (2.37-44). Cowper's reminder that "Slaves cannot breathe in England; if their lungs / Receive our air, that moment they are free," plays on the arguments and language used at the precedent-setting 1772 trial of James Somerset, whose...
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Defining the Victorian Nation: Class, Race, Gender and the British Reform ...

Catherine Hall, Keith McClelland, Jane Rendall - 2000 - 324 pages
...slave lands in England; you know what one of our best poets said, that if their lungs but breathed our air, that moment they are free; they touch our country and their shackles fall. But how is it with an Englishman? Why an Englishman, if he goes to the Cape, he can vote; if he goes...
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A Turbulent Voyage: Readings in African American Studies

Floyd Windom Hayes - 2000 - 686 pages
...docks at Liverpool he jumped for joy and thought of the words of the English writer William Cowper: Slaves cannot breathe in England. If their lungs receive our air that moment they were free. They touch our country their shackles fall. (Watkins, 1852, p. 37) Frederick Douglass experienced...
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The Poetry of Slavery: An Anglo-American Anthology, 1764-1865

Marcus Wood - 2003 - 772 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 Receive...free; They touch our country and their shackles fall. That's noble, and bespeaks a nation proud And jealous of the blessing. Spread it then, And let it circulate...
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