George Moses Horton
George Moses Horton Poems
- On Liberty And Slavery Alas! and am I born for this, To ...
- The Slave's Complaint Am I sadly cast aside, On ...
- Memory Sweet memory, like a pleasing dream, Still lends a ...
- The Lover's Farewell And wilt thou, love, my soul display, ...
- Death Of An Old Carriage Horse I was a harness horse, ...
- Love Whilst tracing thy visage I sink in emotion, For no ...
- Division Of An Estate It well bespeaks a man beheaded, quite ...
George Moses Horton was an African-American poet.
He was born into slavery on William Horton's plantation in Northampton County, North Carolina. As a very young child, he and several family members were moved to a tobacco farm in rural Chatham County, when his owner relocated. Horton composed poems in his mind through his teen years. He was allowed by his master to visit the nearby University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he recited poems to students who eagerly wrote them down and paid him for his compositions. His fame spread, and a collection of poems was published under the title The Hope of Liberty (1829). Horton was the first black southern ... more »
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On Liberty And Slavery
Alas! and am I born for this,
To wear this slavish chain?
Deprived of all created bliss,
Through hardship, toil and pain!
How long have I in bondage lain,
And languished to be free!
Alas! and must I still complain--
Deprived of liberty.
Oh, Heaven! and is there no relief
This side the silent grave--
To soothe the pain--to quell the grief
And anguish of a slave?
Come Liberty, thou cheerful sound,
Roll through my ravished ears!
Come, let my grief in joys be drowned,
And drive away my fears.
Say unto ...