Anti-slavery sentiment in the North grew steadily after 1815 and became more militant in 1831 with the founding of William Lloyd Garrison's newspaper, The Liberator, and Nat Turner's slave insurrection. As more and more voices joined the Abolitionist chorus, including the famous Hutchison Family Singers, songs and poems began to be written to support the movement. The words to this song were set to the tune of the popular Protestant hymn known as Old Hundred. It is here sung in the Shape Note singing school style using a seven-shape system we learned from the 1867 New Harp of Columbia.
As lies his master at his ease,
Beneath a silken canopy
Or in the shade of blooming trees.
We ask not eye for eye that all
We mourn not that the man should toil