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South Carolina State Song

Carolina

words by Henry Timrod and music by Anne Custis Burgess
edited by G.R. Goodwin

    Call on thy children of the hill,
    Wake swamp and river, coast and rill,
    Rouse all thy strength and all thy skill,
    Carolina! Carolina!

    Hold up the glories of thy dead;
    Say how thy elder children bled,
    And point to Eutaw's battle-bed,
    Carolina! Carolina!

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

    Girt with such wills to do and bear,
    Assured in right, and mailed in prayer,
    Thou wilt not bow thee to despair,
    Carolina! Carolina!

Adoption of State Song

Poet Henry Timrod (1829-1867)
Poet Henry Timrod
University of North Carolina

The song, "Carolina", words by poet Henry Timrod (1829-1867) and music by Anne Custis Burgess (1874-1910), was promoted by the South Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution. They petitioned the General Assembly to adopt it as South Carolina's official state song, that "Carolina" be made "legally the State Song." The General Assembly, on February 11, 1911, adopted Senator W.L. Mauldin's Concurrent Resolution that it "be accented and declared to be the State Song of South Carolina." The words to "Carolina" are extracted from a poem of the same name by Henry Timrod.

Another state song was approved by South Carolina in 1984. "South Carolina On My Mind" was adopted "to help inspire pride in our State and improve the quality of life among all South Carolinians, and to promote the image of South Carolina beyond our borders by further developing tourism and industry through the attraction of vacationers, prospective investors, and new residents."

South Carolina Senate Concurrent Resolution

Senator W. L. Mauldin's Senate Concurrent Resolution, to adopt "Carolina" as the state song, read in part:

Whereas, The Daughters of the American Revolution have memorialized the General Assembly to adopt as a State Song the beautiful poem written by the gifted Timrod, set to music by Miss Curtis, a daughter of South Carolina; therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring, That the song "Carolina" be accepted as and declared to be the State Song of South Carolina.

Additional Information

Documenting the American South: The Poems of Henry Timrod


Source: South Carolina State Web Site, (http://www.state.sc.us), December 5, 2004
Source: University of North Carolina, (http://docsouth.unc.edu/timrod/menu.html), December 5, 2004
Source: State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols by Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S. Shearer, Copyright 2002
Source: State Songs America, Edited by M.J. Bristow, Copyright 2000
Source: State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols by George Earlie Shankle, Ph.D., Copyright 1938




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