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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. "
Poems - Page 35
by William Cowper - 1790 - 298 pages
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Yaradee: a Plea for Africa: In Familiar Conversations on the Subject of ...

Frederick Freeman - 1836 - 360 pages
...and this only, that the poet was enabled to say, " Slaves cannot breathe in England ; if their lungs Receive our air, that moment they are free; They touch our country, and their schackles fall." The fact is, the respiration could go on well enough in those parts of her dominions...
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The Works of William Cowper, Esq., Comprising His Poems ..., Volume 9

William Cowper - 1836
...wave That parts us, are emancipate and loosed. Slaves cannot breathe in England; if their lungs 40 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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The Task: In Six Books

William Cowper - 1836 - 172 pages
...the wave That parts us, are emancipate and loos'd. 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's noble, and hespeaks a nation proud And jealous of the blessing. Spread it, then,...
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A history of slavery and its abolition

Esther Copley - 1836 - 80 pages
...beautiful lines of Cowper, iu the '['ask. " Slaves cannot breathe in England: if their lungs Imbibe our air, that moment they are free. They touch our country, and their shackles fall. That's noble, and bespeaks a nation prond And jealous of the blessing. Spread it then,...
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Catholic World, Volume 110

1920
...has expressed in lines dear to every English heart: Slaves cannot breathe in England; if their lungs Receive our air, that moment they are free; They touch our country and their shackles fall. In favor of his sincerity is the choice he has made of a national virtue fair play...
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Y Drysorfa. Llyfr 1, rhif 1-llyfr 16, rhif 192; cyfres newydd, llyfr.1 rhif ...

1876
...feddwl am liuellau prydferth y bardd Seisonig : "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's noble, and bespeaks a nation proud And jealous of the blessing." Ac felly y mae...
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Journal of the American Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology, Volume 14

1924
...1783-1785 imitated this in his wellknown lines : "Slaves cannot breathe in England; if their lungs Receive our air, that moment they are free. They touch our country and their shackles fall." 250 conclusively established that there was not a real difference in status between...
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From Harlem to Paris: Black American Writers in France, 1840-1980

Michel Fabre - 1993 - 384 pages
...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...
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Multicultural Literature and Literacies: Making Space for Difference

Suzanne Miale Miller, Suzanne M. Miller, Barbara McCaskill - 1993 - 300 pages
...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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Literacy Across Languages and Cultures

Bernardo M. Ferdman, Rose-Marie Weber, Arnulfo G. Ramirez - 1994 - 346 pages
...Cowper's "Time-Piece," the second book of his Task: Slaves cannot breathe in England: if their lungs Receive our air, that moment they are free; They touch our country, and their shackles fall. (Lines 40-43) I have read these same lines in The Liberator, the point guard of the...
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