Sleep on my Child -- Slavery Song

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 touched thy breast,
Thy life is yet a cloudless day.

Far distant is my childhood's home--
No mother's smiles--no father's care!
Oh! how I'd love again to roam,
Where once my little playmates were!

Enslaved Mother and Child Urged to Work by Slave Driver




Enslaved Mother and Child Urged to Work by Slave Driver


Buy This Allposters.com



Sleep on, thou hast not felt the chain;
But though 'tis yet unmingled joy,
I may not see those smiles again,
Nor clasp thee to my breast, my boy.

And must I see thee toil and bleed!
Thy manly soul in fetters tied;
'Twill wring thy mother's heart indeed--
Oh! would to God that I had died!

That soul God's own bright image bears--
But oh! no tongue thy woes can tell;
Thy lot is cast in blood and tears,
And soon these lips must say--farewell!

Top of Sleep on my Child -- Slavery Song

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Slavery Songs.