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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 Panoplist, Or, the Christian's Armory - Page 384
1808
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Poems. With an introductory essay by J. Montgomery

William Cowper - 1826
...ferried o'er the wave That parts us, are emancipate and loosed. Slaves cannot breathe in England ; if their lungs Receive our air, that moment they are free ; They touch oar country, and their shackles fall. That's noble, and bespeaks a nation proud And jealous of the...
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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...it then, And let it circulate through ev'ry vein Of all your empire: that where Britain's power la felt, mankind may feel her mercy too. COWPE* CHAPTER...
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A History of Inventions and Discoveries: Alphabetically Arranged

Francis Sellon White - Industrial arts - 1827 - 547 pages
...ANY SLAVE SET HIS FOOT ON ENGLISH TERRITORY, HE BECAME FREE." " Slaves cannot breathe in England ; if their lungs Receive our air, that moment they are...They touch our country, and their shackles fall." In 1783, the Quakers petitioned Parliament against the continuance of the slave trade, but the first...
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The English Reader, Or, Pieces in Prose and Poetry: From the Best Writers ...

Lindley Murray - English literature - 1827 - 252 pages
...ferried o'er the wave That parts us, are emancipate and loos'd. 6 Slaves cannot breathe in England : if their lungs Receive our air, that moment they are...; 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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The Negro in American History: Men and Women Eminent in the Evolution of the ...

John Wesley Cromwell - African Americans - 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 - African American authors - 1993 - 358 pages
...time the only, cultural link between American Negroes and France. Slaves cannot breathe in England: if their lungs Receive our air, that moment they are...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 - Literary Criticism - 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
...ferried over the wave, That parts us, are emancipate and loosed. Slaves cannot breathe in England. If their lungs Receive our air, that moment they are...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 - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 265 pages
...with their 1 o bones." Shakespeare, Julius Caesar 3.2.81-82. 5. "Slaves cannot breathe in England, if their lungs / Receive our air, that moment they...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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Classical Economics: January 1819 to January 1820, Volume 1

Donald Rutherford - Classical school of economics - 1996 - 1986 pages
...on this subject: — it might have occurred to him that — 'Slaves cannot breathe in England: — if their lungs Receive our air, that moment they are...bespeaks a nation proud And jealous of the blessing.' Of this, however, Mr. Fearon knows nothing — he found it not in the enlightened pages of the Examiner...
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