“To the White People of America” by Joshua McCarter Simpson (1820 – 1876)


To the White People of America

By JOSHUA MCCARTER SIMPSON

O’er this wide extended country,
Hear the solemn echoes roll,
For a long and weary century,
Those cries have gone from pole to pole;
See the white man sway his sceptre,
In one hand he holds the rod—
In the other hand the Scripture,
And says that he’s a man of God.

Hear ye that mourning?
‘Tis your brothers’ cry!
O! ye wicked men take warning,
The day will come when you must die.

Lo! Ten thousand steeples shining
Through this mighty Christian land,
While four millions slaves all pining
And dying ‘neath the Tyrant’s hand.
See the ‘blood-stained’ Christian banner
Followed by a host of saints
While they loudly sing Hosannah,
We hear the dying slave’s complaints:

Hear ye that mourning?
Anglo-sons of God,
O! ye Hypocrites take warning,
And shun your sable brothers blood.

In our Legislative members,
Few there are with humane souls,
Though they speak in tones of thunder
‘Gainst sins which they cannot control,
Women’s rights and annexation,
Is the topic by the way,
While poor Africa’s sable nation
For mercy, cry both by night and day.

Hear ye that mourning?
‘Tis a solemn sound,
O! ye wicked men take warning,
For God will send his judgment down.

Tell us not of distant Island —
Never will we colonize:
Send us not to British Highlands,
For this is neither just nor wise,
Give us equal rights and chances,
All the rights of citizens —
And as light and truth advances,
We’ll show you that we all are men.

Hear ye that mourning?
Tis your brothers sigh,
O! ye wicked men take warning,
The judgment day will come by

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