Slavery Songs



Many aspects fought against slavery and slavery songs were some of the most powerful in educating people about the evils of slavery.

All creation is musical--all nature speaks the language of song.

'There's music in the sighing of a reed, There's music in the gushing of a rill; There's music in _all things_, if man had ears; The _earth_ is but an _echo_ of the spheres.'

And who is not moved by music? "Who ever despises music," says MartinLuther, "I am displeased with him."

'There is a charm--a power that sways the breast, Bids every passion revel, or be still; Inspires with rage, or all our cares dissolves; Can soothe _destruction_, and _almost soothes despair_.'

That music is capable of accomplishing vast good, and that it is asource of the most elevated and refined enjoyment when rightlycultivated and practiced, no one who understands its power or hasobserved its effects, will for a moment deny.

'Thou, O music! canst assuage the pain and heal the wound That hath defied the skill of sager comforters; Thou dost restrain each wild emotion, Thou dost the rage of fiercest passions chill, Or lightest up the flames of holy fire, As through the soul thy strains harmonious thrill.

Who does not desire to see the day when music in this country,_cultivated and practised by_ ALL--music of a chaste, refined andelevated style, shall go forth with its angel voice, like a spirit oflove upon the wind, exerting upon all classes of society a rich andhealthful moral influence. When its wonderful power shall be made tosubserve every righteous cause--to aid every humane effort for thepromotion of man's social, civil and religious well-being.

It has been observed by travellers, that after a short residence inalmost any of the cities of the eastern world, one would fancy "everysecond person a musician." During the night, the streets of thesecities, particularly Rome, the capitol of Italy, are filled with allsorts of minstrelsy, and the ear is agreeably greeted with a perpetualconfluence of sweet sounds. A Scotch traveller, in passing through oneof the most delightful villas of Rome, overheard a stonemason chantingsomething in a strain of peculiar melancholy; and on inquiry,ascertained it to be the "_Lament of Tasso_." He soon learned thatthis celebrated piece was familiar to all the common people. TorquatoTasso was an Italian poet of great merit, who was for many yearsdeprived of liberty, and subjected to severe trials and misfortunes bythe jealousy and cruelty of his patron, the Duke of Ferrara. Thatmaster-piece of music, so justly admired and so much sung by the highand low throughout all Italy, had its origin in the wrongs of Tasso.An ardent love of humanity--a deep consciousness of the injustice ofslavery--a heart full of sympathy for the oppressed, and a dueappreciation of the blessings of freedom, has given birth to thepoetry comprising this volume of slavery songs. I have long desired to see thesesentiments of love, of sympathy, of justice and humanity, sobeautifully expressed in poetic measure, embalmed in sweet music; sothat _all the people_--the rich, the poor, the young, and the old, whohave hearts to feel, and tongues to move, may sing of the wrongs ofslavery, and the blessings of liberty, until every human being shallrecognize in his fellow an _equal_;--"a MAN and a BROTHER." Until byfamiliarity with these sentiments of slavery songs, and their influence upon their_hearts_, _the people_, whose _duty it is_, shall "undo the heavyburdens and let the oppressed go free."

I announced, sometime since, my intention of publishing such a work of slavery songs.Many have been impatiently waiting its appearance. I should have beenglad to have issued it and scattered it like leaves of the forest overthe land, long ago, but circumstances which I could not control, haveprevented. I purpose to enlarge the work from time to time, ascircumstances may require.

Let associations of singers, having the love of liberty in theirhearts, be immediately formed in every community. Let them studythoroughly, and make themselves perfectly familiar with both thepoetry and the music, and enter into the _sentiment_ of the piece theyperform, that they may _impress it_ upon their hearers. Above allthings, let the enunciation of every word be _clear_ and _distinct_.Most of the singing of the present day, is entirely too artificial,stiff and mechanical. It should be easy and natural; flowing directlyfrom the soul of the performer, without affectation or display; andthen singing will answer its true end, and not only please the _ear_,but affect and improve the _heart_.

To the true friends of universal freedom, the LIBERTY MINSTREL of slavery songs isrespectfully dedicated.

G.W. CLARK

NEW YORK, Oct. 1844

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ZAZA--THE FEMALE SLAVE -- Slavery Song Not rated yet
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Sleep on my Child -- Slavery Song Not rated yet
Sleep on my Child -- Slavery Song BY R.J.H. Sleep on, my child, in peaceful rest, While lovely visions round thee play; No care or grief has …

HEARD YE THAT CRY - Slavery Song Not rated yet
HEARD YE THAT CRY - Slavery Song From "Wind of the Winter night" Music Heard ye that cry! Twas the wail of a slave, As he sank in …

THE BEREAVED MOTHER -- Slavery Song Not rated yet
THE BEREAVED MOTHER -- Slavery Song Words by Jesse Hutchinson. Air, "Kathleen O'Moore." Slave Mother and Child Buy This Allposters.com …

The Poor Little Slave -- Slavery Song Not rated yet
The Poor Little Slave -- Slavery Song FROM "THE CHARTER OAK" Young Slave During the Civil War Reduced to Such Poverty He Is Wearing …

COMFORT IN AFFLICTION -- Slavery Song Not rated yet
COMFORT IN AFFLICTION -- Slavery Song Words by William Leggett. Music by G.W.C. Stowage of the British Slave Ship "Brookes" under …

MY CHILD IS GONE -- Slavery Song Not rated yet
MY CHILD IS GONE -- Slavery Song Music by G.W.C. Music Hark! from the winds a voice of woe, The wild Atlantic in its flow, Bears …

SLAVE'S WRONGS -- Slavery Song Not rated yet
SLAVE'S WRONGS -- Slavery Song Words by Miss Chandler. Arranged from "Rose of Allandale." The Scarred Back of a Male Slave, c.1855 …

THE BLIND SLAVE BOY -- Slavery Song Not rated yet
THE BLIND SLAVE BOY -- Slavery Song Words by Mrs. Dr. Bailey. Music arranged from Sweet Afton. Slave Executed by the Dutch in Surinam …

The Strength of Tyranny -- Slavery Song Not rated yet
The Strength of Tyranny -- Slavery Song Deck of the Captured Slave-Ship Wildfire Brought into Key West Buy This Allposters.com …

THE FUGITIVE SLAVE TO THE CHRISTIAN -- Slavery Song Not rated yet
THE FUGITIVE SLAVE TO THE CHRISTIAN -- Slavery Song Words by Elizur Wright, jr. Music arranged from Cracovienne March Through a Swamp …

How long! O! how long! -- Slavery Song Not rated yet
How long! O! how long! -- Slavery Song Poster For a Slave Auction, 1829 Buy This Allposters.com How long will the …

O PITY THE SLAVE MOTHER -- Slavery Song Not rated yet
O PITY THE SLAVE MOTHER -- Slavery Song Words from the Liberator. Air, Araby's Daughter. Music I pity the slave mother, careworn and …

Domestic Bliss - Slavery Song Not rated yet
Domestic Bliss - Slavery Song BY REV. JAMES GREGG Mr. and Mrs. Albert Thornton, Sr. the Son of a Slave, a Sharecropper and Independent …

THE QUADROON MAIDEN -- Slavery Song Not rated yet
THE QUADROON MAIDEN -- Slavery Song Words by Longfellow. Theme from the Indian Maid. Selling Females by the Pound, from "Pictures …

BROTHERS BE BRAVE FOR THE PINING SLAVE -- Slavery Song Not rated yet
BROTHERS BE BRAVE FOR THE PINING SLAVE -- Slavery Song Air--"Sparkling and Bright." Music Solo. Heavy and cold in his dungeon hold, …

HARK! I HEAR A SOUND OF ANGUISH -- Slavery Song Not rated yet
HARK! I HEAR A SOUND OF ANGUISH -- Slavery Song Slave Sale Notice, Published in Charleston, South Carolina, 24th July 1769 Buy …

SONG OF THE COFFLE GANG -- Slavery Song Not rated yet
SONG OF THE COFFLE GANG -- Slavery Song (This song is said to be sung by Slaves, as they are chained in gangs, when parting from friends for the …

THE AFRIC'S DREAM -- Slavery Song Not rated yet
THE AFRIC'S DREAM -- Slavery Song Words by Miss Chandler. "Emigrant's Lament," arranged by G.W.C. Jack, a Slave on the B.F. Taylor …

I AM MONARCH OF NOUGHT I SURVEY -- Slavery Song Not rated yet
I AM MONARCH OF NOUGHT I SURVEY -- Slavery Song A Parody. Air "Old Dr. Fleury." Renty, a Slave Taken from the Congo to the Usa, 1850 …

NEGRO BOY SOLD FOR A WATCH -- Slavery Song Not rated yet
NEGRO BOY SOLD FOR A WATCH -- Slavery Song ( An African prince having arrived in England, and having been asked what he had given for his watch, answered, …

THE NEGRO'S APPEAL -- Slavery Song Not rated yet
THE NEGRO'S APPEAL -- Slavery Song Words by Cowper. Tune--"Isle of Beauty." Slave Family in a Georgia Cotton Field, c.1860 …

The Slave and her Babe - Slavery Song Not rated yet
The Slave and her Babe - Slavery Song WORDS BY CHARLOTTE ELIZABETH. "Can a woman forget her sucking child?" Air--"Slave Girl mourning her …

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SLAVE GIRL MOURNING HER FATHER -- Slavery Song Not rated yet
SLAVE GIRL MOURNING HER FATHER -- Slavery Song Parodied from Mrs. Sigourney by G.W.C. Music They say I was but four years old When …

THE BEREAVED FATHER -- Slavery Song Not rated yet
THE BEREAVED FATHER -- Slavery Song Words by Miss Chandler. Music by G.W.C. A Slave Auction in Virginia, USA, 1861 Buy This …

The Slave Boy's Wish -- Slavery Song Not rated yet
The Slave Boy's Wish -- Slavery Song BY ELIZA LEE FOLLEN Sculpture of Slave Chained in a Pit, Zanzibar Buy This Allposters.com …

WHAT MEANS THAT SAD AND DISMAL LOOK? -- Slavery Song Not rated yet
WHAT MEANS THAT SAD AND DISMAL LOOK? -- Slavery Song Words by Geo. Russell. Arranged from "Near the Lake," by G.W.C. Music What means …

GONE, SOLD AND GONE -- Slavery Song Not rated yet
Words by Whittier. Music by G.W. Clark. Gone, gone--sold and gone, To the rice-swamp dank and lone, Where the slave-whip ceaseless swings, …

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