George Moses Horton
George Moses Horton Poems
- The Slave's Complaint Am I sadly cast aside, On ...
- Death Of An Old Carriage Horse I was a harness horse, ...
- Man, A Torch Blown up with painful care and hard to light, ...
- Departing Summer When auburn Autumn mounts the stage, And ...
- On Liberty And Slavery Alas! and am I born for this, To ...
- Division Of An Estate It well bespeaks a man beheaded, quite ...
- On Spring Hail, thou auspicious vernal dawn! Ye birds, ...
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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The Slave's Complaint
Am I sadly cast aside,
On misfortune's rugged tide?
Will the world my pains deride
Must I dwell in Slavery's night,
And all pleasure take its flight,
Far beyond my feeble sight,
Worst of all, must Hope grow dim,
And withhold her cheering beam?
Rather let me sleep and dream
Something still my heart surveys,
Groping through this dreary maze;
Is it Hope? -- then burn and blaze
Leave me not a wretch confined,
Altogether lame and blind ...