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Maryland, My Maryland

March 29, 2009
Lyrics by James Ryder Randall

In an earlier post today, I outlined an attempt by the MD State Legislature  to “re-write” history. This outrageous propaganda stems solely from a false sense of “political correctness”, and we ALL know my feelings towards this scourge!

Following are the original lyrics …..

md-flagI
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 or death, for woe or weal,
Thy peerless chivalry reveal,
And gird they 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!
Arise in majesty again,
     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 shot, the blade, the bowl,
Than crucifixion of the Soul,
     Maryland! My Maryland!

IX
I hear the distant thunder-hum,
     Maryland!
The Old Line 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!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Valerie Protopapas permalink
    March 31, 2009 2:39 am

    Well, of course, it is understandable why the PC folks want the song gone. First, it correctly identifies the situation. Secondly, it correctly identifies who is to blame for the situation (remember old Beast Butler with his cannons trained on Baltimore at the order of that “Marvelous Man of the People” (NOT), Abraham Lincoln. And finally, it correctly identifies the only honorable course of action to be taken in the face of abominable tyranny.

    Really! In this day and age of “spin”, “spend” and “spoils”, such candor cannot be tolerated!

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