To S.M., A Young African Painter, on Seeing His Works – Phillis Wheatley

….

May peace with balmy wings your soul invest! 
But when these shades of time are chased away, 
And darkness ends in everlasting day, 
On what seraphic pinions shall we move, 
And view the landsapes in the realms above! 
There shall thy tongue in heavenly murmurs flow, 
And there my muse with heavenly transport glow; 
No more to tell of Damon’s tender sighs, 
Or rising radiance of Aurora’s eyes; 
For nobler themes demand a nobler strain, 
And purer language on the ethereal plain. 
Cease, gentle Muse! the solemn gloom of night 
Now seals the fair creation from my sight. 

Phillis Wheatley (c. 1753 – December 5, 1784) was both the 
second published African-American poet and first published African-American woman.
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