I'd rather be a cunning fox, And hide me in a cave;
I'd rather be a savage wolf, Than what I am--a slave.
My mother calls me her good boy, My father calls me brave;
What wicked action have I done, That I should be a slave?
I saw my little sister sold, So will they do to me;
My heavenly Father, let me die,
For then I shall be free.
A Child’s Anti Slavery Book: Containing a Few Words About American Slave Children
and Stories of Slave-Life, 1860. New York, Carlton & Porter