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" Slaves cannot breathe in England ; if their lungs Receive our air, that moment they are free ; They touch our country, and their shackles fall. "
The Panoplist, Or, the Christian's Armory - Page 384
1808
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The Harem, Slavery and British Imperial Culture: Anglo-Muslim Relations in ...

Diane Robinson-Dunn - History - 2006 - 225 pages
...England stood. One quoted the oftrepeated lines Slaves cannot breathe in England: when their lungs reach our air, that moment they are free, they touch our country, and their shackles fall and stated that the poet, if still alive, would have to rewrite those treasured words as Her Majesty's...
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The Most Disreputable Trade: Publishing the Classics of English Poetry 1765-1810

Thomas F. Bonnell - Literary Criticism - 2008 - 408 pages
...iteceive our air, thit moment they art free \ They touch our country, and their shackles fait. That '& noble, and bespeaks a nation proud And jealous of...blessing* Spread it then, And let it circulate through every vein Of all your empire* That where Britain*! power Is felt} mankind may feel her mercy too....
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