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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 Defender - Page 265
1855
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Poems, Volume 2

William Cowper - 1826
...above all price, I had much rather be myself the slave, • 33 And wear the bonds, than fasten them on him. We have no slaves at home. — Then why abroad...ferried o'er the wave That parts us, are emancipate and loos'd. Slaves cannot breathe in England ; if their lungs 40 Receive our air, that moment they are...
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The English Reader, Or, Pieces in Prose and Verse, Selected from the Best ...

Lindley Murray - 1826 - 286 pages
...priz'd above, all price ; I had much rather be myself the slave, And wear the bonds, than fasten them on him. We have no slaves at home — then why abroad...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 free...
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The Percy Anecdotes: Original and Select, Volume 1

Reuben Percy - 1826
...pride in claiming as an ancestor, than the man to whom we owe our power of repeating with truth, " Slaves cannot breathe in England ; if their lungs...they are free : They touch our country, and their shackles fall." MR. CLARKSON. In 1785, Dr. Pickard, Master of Magdalen College, in the University of...
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The English Reader: Or, Pieces in Prose and Poetry, from the Best Writers ...

Lindley Murray - 1826 - 204 pages
...sleep, And tremble when I wake, for all the wealth That sinews bought and sold have ever earn'd. 6. Slaves cannot breathe in England: if their lungs Receive...our air, that moment they are free; They touch our count.-y, and their shackles fall. That's noble, and bespeaks a nation proud And jealous of the blessing....
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The English Reader: Or, Pieces in Prose and Poetry, Selected from the Best ...

Lindley Murray - 1826 - 252 pages
...themselves once ferried o'er the ware That parts us, are emancipate and loos'd. Slaves cannot breathe ii. England : if their lungs Receive our air, that moment...they are 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,...
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Murray's English Reader: Or, Pieces in Prose and Poetry, Selected from the ...

Lindley Murray, John Walker - 1826 - 304 pages
...above all price , , . 1 had much rather be myself the slave, ', .' And wear the bonds, than fasten them on him We have no slaves at home— then why abroad And they themselves once ferried o'er the wav» 1 nat parts us, are emancipate and loos'd. ! 6. Slaves cannot breathe in England : if their lunes...
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Illinois Law Review, Volume 18

1924
...(955-6)]. THE SLAVE IN ENGLAND. — It was no idle boast of William Cowper's — "Slaves cannot live in England; if their lungs Receive our air, that moment they are free — but that was in 1783, more than a decade after Lord Mansfield had said in the case of the Negro,...
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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...
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From Harlem to Paris: Black American Writers in France, 1840-1980

Michel Fabre - 1993 - 358 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...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...
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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 are free! / They touch our country, and their shackles fall" (Task, 1836-1837, Book II, line 40). By act of Parliament and official decree, England...
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