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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.

 

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