Lyrics of Love


Lyrics of Love

Call Number

PS 3507 .I647 .L5 1904

Date of Publication


Collection Size

232 pages


Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections



Historical Note

Rev. Charles R. Dinkins was born in South Carolina, most likely in the mid to late 1870s or early 1880s. He served as a minister of the AME Zion church. Dinkins began to preach at a young age and was known as "The Boy Preacher."


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A slim but poignant volume of poetry, Lyrics of Love: Sacred and Secular was published in 1904 by the State Company Publishers. In the preface of the book, Charles Dinkins writes "…I offer this little volume to the consideration of those who may feel disposed to join me in my humble lays, with the earnest hope that it may be to them what it has been to me—a source of real comfort and a delightful recreation. . . . I have written a few hundred poems and hymns, if such they are worthy to be called, and of these a few choice selections are given.” Please see the attached Table of Contents and photographs.

Additional Notes

  • See also Pettus Archives newsletter Retrospect Vol. 13, no. 3 for article on Dinkins
  • See also article about Dinkins in the Journal of Southern Religion (Vol XI, 2009) by Randal L. Hall, Rice University and Managing Editor of Journal of Southern History titled “A Black Minister at the Nadir: The Poetry of Charles Roundtree Dinkins”


Winthrop purchased the volume from The State Company in 1939 for .25


The State Company Publishers


Columbia, S.C.


African Americans, African American Poetry, Religious Poetry, South Carolina Poets


Civil Rights and Discrimination | Poetry

Lyrics of Love