Frederick Douglass quote about God from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave - Every tone was a testimony against slavery, and a prayer to God for deliverance from chains.
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Every tone was a testimony against slavery, and a prayer to God for deliverance from chains.
 Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845). copy citation

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“They told a tale of woe which was then altogether beyond my feeble comprehension; they were tones loud, long, and deep; they breathed the prayer and complaint of souls boiling over with the bitterest anguish. Every tone was a testimony against slavery, and a prayer to God for deliverance from chains. The hearing of those wild notes always depressed my spirit, and filled me with ineffable sadness. I have frequently found myself in tears while hearing them. The mere recurrence to those songs, even now, afflicts me; and while I am writing these lines, an expression of feeling has already found its way down my cheek.” source

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