“Slavery Chain Done Broke At Last”
Slavery chain done broke at last, broke at last, broke at last,
Slavery chain done broke at last, Going to praise God till I die.
Way up in that valley, Just a-praying on my knees
Told God about my troubles, And to help me ef-a He please.
Well I told him how I suffer, In de dungeon and de chain,
And de days I went with head bowed down, And my broken flesh and pain.
Well I know my Jesus heard me, 'Cause de spirit spoke to me
And said, 'Rise up now, my servant, And you too shall be free.
There's no more weary travellin', 'Cause my Jesus set me free,
And there's no more auction block, since he gave me liberty.
—African American Spiritual, ca. 1865