Poems on Various Subjects
But, O my soul, sink not into despair, / Virtue is near thee, and with gentle hand / Would now embrace thee, hovers o’er thine head.
On Virtue

Poems on Various Subjects

Religious and Moral

Phillis Wheatley

These 39 poems form the first book of verse by an African-American author.

Bibliographic Record



To Mæcenas
On Virtue
To the University of Cambridge, in New-England
To the King’s Most Excellent Majesty. 1768
On being brought from Africa to America
On the Death of the Rev. Dr. Sewell. 1769
On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield. 1770
On the Death of a young Lady of Five Years of Age
On the Death of a young Gentleman
To a Lady on the Death of her Husband
Goliath of Gath
Thoughts on the Works of Providence
To a Lady on the Death of Three Relations
To a Clergyman on the Death of his Lady
An Hymn to the Morning
An Hymn to the Evening
Isaiah lxiii. 1–8
On Recollection
On Imagination
A Funeral Poem on the Death of C. E. an Infant of Twelve Months
To Captain H——d, of the 65th Regiment
To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth, His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for North-America, &c.
Ode to Neptune
To a Lady on her coming to North-America with her Son, for the Recovery of her Health
To a Lady on her remarkable Preservation in a Hurricane in North-Carolina
To a Lady and her Children, on the Death of her Son and their Brother
To a Gentleman and Lady on the Death of the Lady’s Brother and Sister, and a Child of the Name of Avis, aged one Year
On the Death of Dr. Samuel Marshall. 1771
To a Gentleman on his Voyage to Great-Britain for the Recovery of his Health
To the Rev. Dr. Thomas Amory on reading his Sermons on Daily Devotion, in which that Duty is recommended and assisted
On the Death of J. C. an Infant
An Hymn to Humanity
To the Honourable T. H. Esq; on the Death of his Daughter
Niobe in Distress for her Children slain by Apollo, from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Book VI. and from a view of the Painting of Mr. Richard Wilson
To S. M. a young African Painter, on seeing his Works
To His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor, on the Death of his LadyMarch 24, 1773
A Farewel to America
A Rebus, by I. B.
An Answer to the Rebus, by the Author of these Poems