George Moses Horton
George Moses Horton Poems
- On Spring Hail, thou auspicious vernal dawn! Ye birds, ...
- Departing Summer When auburn Autumn mounts the stage, And ...
- The Slave's Complaint Am I sadly cast aside, On ...
- Man, A Torch Blown up with painful care and hard to light, ...
- Death Of An Old Carriage Horse I was a harness horse, ...
- On Liberty And Slavery Alas! and am I born for this, To ...
- Love Whilst tracing thy visage I sink in emotion, For no ...
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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Hail, thou auspicious vernal dawn!
Ye birds, proclaim the winter's gone,
Ye warbling minstrels sing;
Pour forth your tribute as ye rise,
And thus salute the fragrant skies
The pleasing smiles of Spring.
Coo sweetly, oh thou harmless Dove,
And bid thy mate no longer rove,
In cold, hybernal vales;
Let music rise from every tongue,
Whilst winter flies before the song,
Which floats on gentle gales.
Ye frozen streams dissolve and flow
Along the valley, sweet and slow;
Divested fields be gay:
Ye drooping forests bloom on high,