State Song Of Maryland

State Song Of Maryland

Maryland, My Maryland” Is The Official State Song Of Maryland. The Maryland State General assembly adopted “Maryland, My Maryland” as the Maryland State Song on April 29, 1939. The Song is set to the melody of “Lauriger Horatius” — better known as the tune of “O Tannenbaum”. The lyrics of this State Song Of Maryland are from a nine-stanza poem written by James Ryder Randall (1839–1908) in 1861. The State Song’s words refer to Maryland’s history and geography and specifically mentions several historical figures of importance to the state. The Maryland State Song calls for Maryland to fight the Union and was used across the South during the Civil War as a battle hymn. It has been called America’s “most martial poem”. Due to State Song origin in support of the Confederacy, State Song Of Maryland includes lyrics that refer to President Abraham Lincoln as a “tyrant”, “despot”, and “Vandal”, and to the Union as “Northern scum”, as well as referring to the phrase “sic semper”, which was the slogan later shouted by Marylander John Wilkes Booth while assassinating Lincoln.

 

Maryland My Maryland

Written by James Ryder Randall

 

I

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!

 

II

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 thy beauteous limbs with steel,

Maryland! My Maryland!

 

III

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!

 

IV

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!

 

V

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 sing thy dauntless slogan song,

Maryland! My Maryland!

 

VI

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 amain,

Maryland! My Maryland!

 

VII

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!

 

VIII

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!

 

IX

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!