Born: De­cem­ber 8, 1829, Charles­ton, South Car­o­li­na.

Died: Oc­to­ber 6, 1867, Co­lum­bia, South Ca­ro­li­na.

Buried: Trin­i­ty Church, Co­lum­bia, South Ca­ro­li­na.

Timrod at­tend­ed Frank­lin Coll­ege in Athens, Georgia (later the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Geor­gia), though he did not com­plete his studies due to lack of funds and bad health. In­stead, he be­came a tu­tor, stay­ing on a Car­o­li­na plant­a­tion 10 years. How­ever, he stayed in touch with the lit­er­ary com­mun­i­ty in Charles­ton, and con­trib­ut­ed to Russell’s Magazine (1837-61). A col­lect­ion of his po­etry was pub­lished in 1860, but with the ad­vent of the Amer­i­can ci­vil war, Tim­rod en­list­ed in the Con­fed­er­ate army. For a while he re­port­ed for the Charleston Mercury, but was dis­charged af­ter de­vel­op­ing tu­ber­cu­lo­sis. He moved to Co­lum­bia in 1864, and ed­it­ved the South Car­o­lin­ian. Paul Ham­il­ton Hayne pub­lished The Po­ems of Hen­ry Tim­rod post­hu­mous­ly in 1873.

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Hymns

  1. Faint Falls the Gen­tle Voice of Pray­er
  2. Sleep Sweetly in Your Hum­ble Graves