7 Vain and deceitful is their
With curses fill’d, and lies;
By which the mischief of their heart
They study to disguise.
8 Near public roads they lie
And all their art employ,
The innocent and poor at once
To rifle and destroy.
9 Not lions crouching in their
Surprise their heedless prey
With greater cunning, or express
More savage rage than they.
10 Sometimes they act the harmless
And modest looks they wear;
That so, deceiv’d, the poor may less
Their sudden onset fear
11 For God, they think, no notice
Of their unrighteous deeds;
He never minds the suff’ring poor,
Nor their oppression heeds.
12 But thou, O Lord, at length
Stretch forth thy mighty arm,
And by the greatness of thy pow’r,
Defend the poor from harm.
13 No longer let the wicked
And, proudly boasting, say,
“Tush, God regards not what we do;
He never will repay.”—Common Prayer Book.
* * * * *
1 Shall I for fear of feeble
The Spirit’s coarse in me restrain?
Or, undismay’d in deed and word.
Be a true witness of my Lord.
2 Aw’d by mortal’s
frown shall I
Conceal the word of God Most High!
How then before thee shall I dare
To stand, or how thine anger bear?
3 Shall I, to sooth th’
Soften the troth, or smooth my tongue,
To gain earth’s gilded toys, or flee
The cross endur’d, my Lord, by thee?
4 What then is he whose scorn
Whose wrath or hate makes me afraid
A man! an heir of death! a slave
To sin! a bubble on the wave!
5 Yea, let men rage:
since thou wilt spread
Thy shadowing wings around my head:
Since in all pain thy tender love
Will still my sure refreshment prove.
 See Dr. Torrey’s Portraiture of Domestic Slavery in the United States, page 85-86.
 Among the English, our real friends and benefactors.
 In the first edition of this work, it should read 1816, as above, and not 1826, as it there appears.
 “Niger” is a word derived from the Latin, which was used by the old Romans to designate inanimate beings which were black, such as soot, pot, wood, house, &c. Also, of animals which they considered inferior to the human species, as a black horse, cow, hog, bird, dog, &c. The white Americans have applied this term to Africans, by way of reproach for our color, to aggravate and heighten our miseries, because they have their feet on our throats, and we cannot help ourselves.