Edd Winfield Parks and Aileen Wells Parks (eds), The Collected Poems of Henry Timrod: A Variorum Edition
pg 125Editor’s NoteTHE TWO ARMIES70
- 1Two armies stand enrolled beneath
- Critical Apparatus2The banner with the starry wreath;
- 3One, facing battle, blight and blast,
- 4Through twice a hundred fields has passed;
- 5Its deeds against a ruffian foe,
- Critical Apparatus6Stream, valley, hill, and mountain know,
- 7Till every wind that sweeps the land
- 8Goes, glory laden, from the strand.
- 9The other, with a narrower scope,
- 10Yet led by not less grand a hope,
- 11Hath won, perhaps, as proud a place,
- 12And wears its fame with meeker grace.
- 13Wives march beneath its glittering sign,
- Critical Apparatus14Fond mothers swell the lovely line,
- Critical Apparatus15And many a sweetheart hides her blush
- 16In the young patriot's generous flush.
- 17No breeze of battle ever fanned
- 18The colors of that tender band;
- 19Its office is beside the bed,
- 20Where throbs some sick or wounded head.
- 21It does not court the soldier's tomb,
- 22But plies the needle and the loom;
- 23And, by a thousand peaceful deeds,
- 24Supplies a struggling nation's needs.
- Critical Apparatus25Nor is that army's gentle might
- 26Unfelt amid the deadly fight;
- 27It nerves the son's, the husband's hand,
- 28It points the lover's fearless brand;
- 29It thrills the languid, warms the cold,
- 30Gives even new courage to the bold;
- 31And sometimes lifts the veriest clod
- 32To its own lofty trust in God.
- 33When Heaven shall blow the trump of peace,
- 34And bid this weary warfare cease,
- pg 12635Their several missions nobly done,
- 36The triumph grasped, and freedom won,
- 37Both armies, from their toils at rest,
- 38Alike may claim the victor's crest,
- Critical Apparatus39But each shall see its dearest prize
- 40Gleam softly from the other's eyes.
70. "The Two Armies" was published in the Southern Illustrated News, May 30, 1863; in the Daily South Carolinian, May 1, 1864; Hayne, 136; Memorial Edition, 158.
line 2 banner with the starry wreath: the Confederate flag
6 DSC: no comma after hill
14 SIN: semicolon after line
15 SIN: comma after blush
25 SIN: comma after might
39 SIN: comma after prize