James G. Basker, president of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, editedAmazing Grace: An Anthology of Poems About Slavery 1660-1810.
Below is one of the poems from his book. The poem was written by Susanna Watts, a British woman who supported the abolition movement.
The Slave's Address
Natives of a Land of Glory,
Daughters of the good and brave!
Hear the injured Negro's story; —
Hear and help the kneeling Slave.
Think how nought but death can sever
Your lov'd children from your hold; —
Still alive — but lost for ever —
Ours are parted, bought, and sold!
Seize, oh! Seize the favouring season —
Scorning censure or applause;
JUSTICE, TRUTH, RELIGION, REASON
Are you LEADERS in the case!
Follow! — faithful, firm, confiding; —
Spread our wrongs from shore to shore;
Mercy's God your efforts guiding,
Slavery shall be known no more.