The Uncollected Poems of Henry Timrod

The Uncollected Poems of Henry Timrod

The Uncollected Poems of Henry Timrod

The Uncollected Poems of Henry Timrod

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This edition of the hitherto uncollected poems of Henry Timrod more than doubles the number of poems formerly collected. The volume is largely made up of verses Timrod jotted down on unbound sheets which are now kept--bound as Autographic Relics--by the Charleston Library Society. Also published here are verses from such sources as letters, daybooks, and periodicals.

The manuscript volume called Autographic Relics is part of the collection of Timrod materials given to the Charleston Library Society by William A. Courtenay, prominent Carolinian who knew and admired Timrod. Courtenay received the poems in the summer of 1896 from another of Timrod's friends, Mrs. Ursula Strohecker Bird. Mrs. Bird, as Miss Strohecker, received them from Timrod some years before the Civil War. The autograph collection consists of thirty-five sheets (the sheets are numbered through thirty-six, but there is no sheet number twenty) containing a few prose notes and seventy-nine poems, some of the poems being very incomplete. Two of the poems are variants of others in the manuscript, and six have appeared in one or more of the previous editions of Timrod's verse. I have not published the variants entire but have treated them as variants, and five of the six poems already printed I have not reprinted. The reprinted poem, "Song.--When I bade thee adieu," has appeared before only in the rare edition of 1860. The five poems easily available in the Hayne or Memorial editions and therefore not reprinted here are: "Vox et Praeterea

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