"Song Composed by Henry Box Brown on His Escape From Slavery"
Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown, Written by Himself, First English Edition (Manchester, Eng.: 1851), 60–61.
Henry Brown escaped from slavery in March 1849. His friends in Richmond packed him in a box and sent him by train and steamboat from Richmond to Philadelphia. Abolitionists in Philadelphia took delivery on Brown's box, and when he opened it he sang a hymn. Brown adopted Box as his middle name and toured Northern states speaking and performing at antislavery meetings. This song that he composed for those venues was a popular account of his escape and his hardship when packed in the box. Following the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, he fled to England, where he campaigned against slavery.
Brown laid down the shovel and the hoe,
Down in the box he did go,
No more Slave work for Henry Box Brown,
In the box by Express he did go"