Paul Hamilton Hayne

(1830-1887 / Charleston, South Carolina)

Paul Hamilton Hayne
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Paul Hamilton Hayne (January 1, 1830 – July 6, 1886) was a nineteenth century Southern American poet, critic, and editor of minor but historical distinction.

Hayne was born in Charleston, South Carolina. After losing his father as a young child, Hayne was reared by his mother in the home of his prosperous and prominent uncle, Robert Y. Hayne, who was an orator and politician who served in the United States Senate.

Hayne was educated in Charleston city schools and graduated from the College of Charleston in 1852. He began the practice of law but soon abandoned it in order to pursue his literary interests and ambitions. Hayne served in the Confederate army in 1861 and ... more »

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Aethra

It is a sweet tradition, with a soul
Of tenderest pathos! Hearken, love!—for all
The sacred undercurrents of the heart
Thrill to its cordial music:
Once a chief,
Philantus, king of Sparta, left the stern
And bleak defiles of his unfruitful land—
Girt by a band of eager colonists—
To seek new homes on fair Italian plains.
Apollo's oracle had darkly spoken:
'Where'er from cloudless skies a plenteous shower
Outpours, the Fates decree that ye should pause
And rear your household deities!'
Racked by doubt
Philantus traversed—with his faithful band
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