Delaware Designated “Our Delaware” As the Official State Song Of Delaware in 1925. The Song, “Our Delaware”, words by George B. Hynson and music by Will M. S. Brown. The Fourth verse od Delaware State Song was written by Donn Devine in a 1960 competition authorized by the General Assembly to add a fourth statewide verse to the ones for each county. The Delaware State Song started life as a poem. George Beswick Hynson published a number of works on stammering and stuttering, but he also wrote Our Delaware. State Song Of Delaware was published in 1906 and was set to music by Will. M.S. Brown, and published by Brown & Edwards of Wilmington, Delaware at 40c.
Delaware State Song: “Our Delaware”
Oh, the hills of dear New Castle,
and the smiling vales between,
When the corn is all in tassel,
And the Meadowlands are green;
Where the cattle crop the clover,
And its breath is in the air,
While the sun is shining over
Our beloved Delaware.
Where the wheat fields break and billow,
In the peaceful land of Kent,
Where the toiler seeks his pillow,
With the blessings of content;
Where the bloom that tints the peaches,
Cheeks of merry maidens share,
And the woodland chorus preaches
A rejoicing Delaware.
Dear old Sussex visions linger,
Of the holly and the pine,
Of Henlopen Jeweled finger,
Flashing out across the brine;
Of the gardens and the hedges,
And the welcome waiting there,
For the loyal son that pledges
Faith to good old Delaware.
From New Castle’s rolling meadows,
Through the fair rich fields of Kent,
To the Sussex shores hear echoes,
Of the pledge we now present;
Liberty and Independence,
We will guard with loyal care,
And hold fast to freedom’s presence,
In our home state Delaware.