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    VISITS WESTERN NEW YORK.   Table of Contents     TOBACCO VICTORY--THE BRANDED HAND.

Truth, Sojourner
Narrative of Sojourner Truth

- PART SECOND. -- "BOOK OF LIFE."
- MEETING IN NEW LISBON.


MEETING IN NEW LISBON.


"Sojourner Truth interested an audience in New Lisbon, Ohio, at the Methodist Episcopal Church, for nearly an hour, talking of slavery in this country, and the suffering and injustice inseparable from it. If earnestness is eloquence, she has a just claim to that appellation; for she makes some powerful appeals, which cannot but strike a chord of sympathy in every human heart.

"She sang the following original song at the close of the meeting:--


I am pleading for my people--
A poor, down-trodden race,
Who dwell in freedom's boasted land,
With no abiding place.
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"I am pleading that my people
May have their rights astored [restored];
For they have long been toiling,
And yet had no reward.

"They are forced the crops to culture,
But not for them they yield,
Although both late and early
They labor in the field.

"Whilst I bear upon my body
The scars of many a gash,
I am pleading for my people
Who groan beneath the lash.

"I am pleading for the mothers
Who gaze in wild despair
Upon the hated auction-block,
And see their children there.

"I feel for those in bondage--
Well may I feel for them;
I know how fiendish hearts can be
That sell their fellow-men.

"Yet those oppressors steeped in guilt--
I still would have them live;
For I have learned of Jesus
To suffer and forgive.

"I want no carnal weapons,
No enginery of death;
For I love not to hear the sound
Of war's tempestuous breath.

"I do not ask you to engage
In death and bloody strife,
I do not dare insult my God
By asking for their life.
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"But while your kindest sympathies
To foreign lands do roam,
I would ask you to remember
Your own oppressed at home.

"I plead with you to sympathize
With sighs and groans and scars,
And note how base the tyranny
Beneath the stripes and stars."

    VISITS WESTERN NEW YORK.   Table of Contents     TOBACCO VICTORY--THE BRANDED HAND.