"AN ANSWER to the Rebus, by the Author of these POEMS"
By Phillis Wheatley

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Wheatley, Phillis. "AN ANSWER to the Rebus, by the Author of these POEMS". Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, Printed for A. Bell, 1773 , p 124 . Literature in Context: An Open Anthology. http://anthology.lib.virginia.edu/work/Wheatley/wheatley-rebus-answer. Accessed: 2023-02-06T20:18:20.194Z
124 AN ANSWER to the Rebus, by the Author of these POEMS, 1THE poet asks, and Phillis can't refuse 2To shew th'obedience of the Infant muse. 3She knows the Quail of most inviting taste 4Fed Israel's army in the dreary waste; 5And what's on Britain's royal standard borne, 6But the tall, graceful, rampant Unicorn? 7The Emerald with a vivid verdure glows 8Among the gems which regal crowns compose; 9Boston's a town, polite and debonair, 10To which the beaux and beauteous nymphs repair, 11Each Helen strikes the mind with sweet surprise, 12While living lightning flashes from her eyes, 13See young Euphorbus of the Dardan line 14By Menelaus' hand to death resign: 15The well known peer of popular applause 16Is C--m zealous to support our laws. 17Quebec now vanquish'd must obey, 18She too must annual tribute pay 19To Britain of immortal fame, 20And add new glory to her name.