The Little Slave Girl.
Words by a Lady. Air — Morgiana In Ireland.
When bright morning lights the hills,
Where free children sing most cheerily,
My young breast with sorrow fills,
While here I plod my way so wearily:
Sad my face, more sad my heart,
From home, from all I had to part,
A loving mother, my sister, my brother,
For chains and lash in hopeless misery,
Children try it, could you try it;
But one day to live in slavery,
Children try it, try it, try it;
Come, come, give me liberty.
Ere I close my eyes to sleep,
Thoughts of home keep coming over me;
All alone I wake and weep —
Yet mother hears not — no one pities me —
Never smiling, sick, forlorn,
Oh that I had ne'er been born!
I should not sorrow to die tomorrow,
Then mother earth would kindly shelter me;
Children try it, would you try it!
Give me freedom, yes, from misery!
Children try it, try it, try it!
Come, come, give me Liberty!