Hymns of the Marshes is a set of four poems by Sidney Lanier, extolling his love of the coastal marshlands of Glynn County in his native U.S. state of Georgia. Lanier composed these poems between 1878–1880 while he was living in Baltimore, Maryland. They were published posthumously as a set in 1882.
A complete volume of Lanier’s poetry was edited by his wife Mary D. Lanier and published posthumously in 1884. According to the notes in that volume:
“Sunrise”, Mr. Lanier’s latest completed poem, was written while his sun of life seemed fairly at the setting, and the hand which first pencilled its lines had not strength to carry nourishment to the lips.
The three Hymns of the Marshes which open this collection are the only written portions of a series of six Marsh Hymns that were designed by the author to form a separate volume.
“The Song of the Marshes, At Sunset”, does not belong to this group, but is inserted among the Hymns as forming a true accord with them.