HARK! I HEAR A SOUND OF ANGUISH -- Slavery Song

HARK! I HEAR A SOUND OF ANGUISH -- Slavery Song

Slave Sale Notice, Published in Charleston, South Carolina, 24th July 1769




Slave Sale Notice, Published in Charleston, South Carolina, 24th July 1769


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Air, "Calvary."


Music

Hark! I hear a sound of anguish
In my own, my native land;
Brethren, doomed in chains to languish,
Lift to heaven the suppliant hand,
And despairing,
And despairing,
Death the end of woe demand.

Let us raise our supplication
For the wretched suffering slave,
All whose life is desolation,
All whose hope is in the grave;
God of mercy!
From thy throne, O hear and save.

Those in bonds we would remember
As if we with them were bound;
For each crushed, each suffering member
Let our sympathies abound,
Till our labors
Spread the smiles of freedom round.

Even now the word is spoken;
"Slavery's cruel power must cease,
From the bound the chain be broken,
Captives hail the kind release,"
While in splendor
Comes to reign the Prince of Peace.

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