Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral

by Phillis Wheatley

"A Rebus by I. B.

Additional Information
  • Year Published: 1773
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States of America
  • Source: Wheatley, P. (1773). Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral.London, England: A. Bell.
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 2.5
  • Word Count: 104
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Keywords: 18th century literature, american authors, poetry
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A BIRD delicious to the taste,
On which an army once did feast,
Sent by an hand unseen;
A creature of the horned race,
Which Britain's royal standards grace;
A gem of vivid green;


A town of gaiety and sport,
Where beaux and beauteous nymphs resort,
And gallantry doth reign;
A Dardan hero fam'd of old
For youth and beauty, as we're told,
And by a monarch slain;


A peer of popular applause,
Who doth our violated laws,
And grievances proclaim.
Th' initials show a vanquish'd town,
That adds fresh glory and renown
To old Britannia's fame.