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Maryland State Song:

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Maryland sunset - click to see all state songs
Sunset over the marsh at Cardinal Cove, Mid Patuxent River, Maryland;
Photo by Mary Hollinger, NODC biologist, NOAA / NOAA Photo Library -
America's Coastlines Collection. See All State Songs - National Anthem.

"Maryland, My Maryland"

by James Ryder Randal

Verse 1:

The despot's heel is on thy shore,
        Maryland!
His torch is at thy temple door,
        Maryland!
Avenge the patriotic gore
That flecked the streets of Baltimore,
And be the battle queen of yore,
        Maryland! My Maryland!

Verse 2:

Hark to an exiled son's appeal,
        Maryland!
My mother State! to thee I kneel,
        Maryland!
For life and death, for woe and weal,
Thy peerless chivalry reveal,
And gird they beauteous limbs with steel,
        Maryland! My Maryland!

Verse 3:

Thou wilt not cower in the dust,
        Maryland!
Thy beaming sword shall never rust,
        Maryland!
Remember Carroll's sacred trust,
Remember Howard's warlike thrust,
And all thy slumberers with the just,
        Maryland! My Maryland!

Verse 4:

Come! 'tis the red dawn of the day,
        Maryland!
Come with thy panoplied array,
        Maryland!
With Ringgold's spirit for the fray,
With Watson's blood at Monterey,
With fearless Lowe and dashing May,
        Maryland! My Maryland!

Verse 5:

Come! for thy shield is bright and strong,
        Maryland!
Come! for thy dalliance does thee wrong,
        Maryland!
Come to thine own anointed throng,
Stalking with Liberty along,
And chaunt thy dauntless slogan song,
        Maryland! My Maryland!

Verse 6:

Dear Mother! burst the tyrant's chain,
        Maryland!
Virginia should not call in vain,
        Maryland!
She meets her sisters on the plain
"Sic semper!" 'tis the proud refrain
That baffles minions back again,
        Maryland!
Arise in majesty again,
        Maryland! My Maryland!

Verse 7:

I see the blush upon thy cheek,
        Maryland!
For thou wast ever bravely meek,
        Maryland!
But lo! there surges forth a shriek,
From hill to hill, from creek to creek-
Potomac calls to Chesapeake,
        Maryland! My Maryland!

Verse 8:

Thou wilt not yield the Vandal toll,
        Maryland!
Thou wilt not crook to his control,
        Maryland!
Better the fire upon thee roll, Better the blade, the shot, the bowl,
Than crucifixion of the soul,
        Maryland! My Maryland!

Verse 9:

I hear the distant thunder-hum,
        Maryland!
The Old Line's bugle, fife, and drum
        Maryland!
She is not dead, nor deaf, nor dumb-
Huzza! she spurns the Northern scum!
She breathes! she burns! she'll come! she'll come!
        Maryland! My Maryland!

Source:
State Symbols - State Song: Maryland at a Glance
Links:
Maryland Symbols - State Song: MD at a Glance
Lyrics - Maryland, My Maryland: Maryland at a Glance
All State Songs - National Anthem

    

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