1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Helen Maria Williams

Paris, "Advice to Miss Helen Williams, on her Poem on the Slave Trade" General Evening Post (14 February 1789).



Helen, thou sweet, yet thoughtless Maid,
Who many a tender thing hast said,
I like each stanza that for freedom sighs;
But when thou giv'st a trimming to the Knaves,
Who make such numbers of poor Negroes Slaves,
Thou think'st not of those rogues — thy two bright eyes.

Those, with their overpow'ring ray,
Are making Captives ev'ry day;
Therefore, for cruelties forbear to roam,
And for the future, Helen, look at home.