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Song Composed For Washington's Birthday

Henry Timrod 1828 (Charleston) – 1867 (Columbia)

A hundred years and more ago
A little child was born --
To-day, with pomp of martial show,
We hail his natal morn.

Who guessed as that poor infant wept
Upon a woman's knee,
A nation from the centuries stept
As weak and frail as he?

Who saw the future on his brow
Upon that happy morn?
We are a mighty nation now
Because that child was born.

To him, and to his spirit's scope,
Besides a glorious home,
We owe that what we have and hope
Are more than Greece and Rome.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Henry Timrod

Henry Timrod was an American poet, often called the poet laureate of the Confederacy. more…

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