Henry Timrod

Poet from the American South (1828-1867)

Henry Timrod (December 8, 1828October 7, 1867) was an American poet from South Carolina, often called the Poet Laureate of the Confederacy.


  • Thy skirts indeed the foe may part,
    Thy robe be pierced with sword and dart,
    They shall not touch thy noble heart,
    • "Carolina", st. V, 3
  • Throw thy bold banner to the breeze!
    Front with thy ranks the threatening seas
    Like thine own proud armorial trees,

    Fling down thy gauntlet to the Huns,
    And roar the challenge from thy guns;
    Then leave the future to thy sons,

    • "Carolina", st. VII, 2–3
    • An adaptation of this poem , edited by G.R. Goodwin and set to music by Anne Curtis Burgess, was adopted as the official state song of Carolina in 1911.
  • And down the dunes a thousand guns lie crouched,
    Unseen, beside the flood —
    Like tigers in some Orient jungle crouched
    That wait and watch for blood.

    Meanwhile, through streets still echoing with trade,
    Walk grave and thoughtful men,
    Whose hands may one day wield the patriot's blade
    As lightly as the pen.

    • "Charleston", st. 4–5
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