HEARD YE THAT CRY - Slavery Song

HEARD YE THAT CRY - Slavery Song

From "Wind of the Winter night"


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Heard ye that cry! Twas the wail of a slave,
As he sank in despair, to the rest of the grave;
Behold him where bleeding and prostrate he lies,
Unfriended he lived, and unpitied he died.

The white man oppressed him--the white man for gold,
Made him toil amidst tortures that cannot be told;
He robbed him, and spoiled him, of all that was dear,
And made him the prey of affliction and fear.

Sailors Throwing Slaves Overboard, from Torrey's "American Slave Trade," 1822




Sailors Throwing Slaves Overboard, from Torrey's "American Slave Trade," 1822


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But his anguish was seen, and his wailings were heard,
By the Lord God of Hosts; whose vengeance deferred,
Gathers force by delay, and with fury will burst,
On his impious oppressor--the tyrant accurst!

Arouse ye, arouse ye! ye generous and brave,
Plead the rights of the poor--plead the cause of the slave;
Nor cease your exertions till broken shall be
The fetters that bind him, and the slave shall be free.

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