Maryland State Song: "Maryland, my Maryland" - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Maryland State Song: "Maryland, my Maryland"

Posted: Updated:
(Credit: maryland.gov) (Credit: maryland.gov)

A Maryland advisory group is recommending changes to the state's official anthem, "Maryland, My Maryland," which critics say is divisive for its celebration of the Confederacy.

Below are the lyrics to "Maryland, My Maryland" by James Ryder Randall (copy of original nine-stanza poem, Special Collections MSA SC37(1), Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, Maryland): 

Maryland, My Maryland

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 or death, for woe or 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!
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!

Click here to hear an audio recording of the state song as performed in 1901.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Police Search for Crisfield Shooting Victim

    Police Search for Crisfield Shooting Victim

    10/17/2017 16:55:00 -04:002017-10-17 20:55:00 GMT
    Thursday, October 19 2017 9:02 AM EDT2017-10-19 13:02:27 GMT
    A Dover woman was arrested after providing officers with a fake name.A Dover woman was arrested after providing officers with a fake name.
    Crime Solvers of the Lower Eastern Shore and the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office are continuing their efforts to find a shooting suspect.More
    Crime Solvers of the Lower Eastern Shore and the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office are continuing their efforts to find a shooting suspect.More
  • Suspect in Md. Office Park Shooting Apprehended in Del.

    Suspect in Md. Office Park Shooting Apprehended in Del.

    10/19/2017 02:28:00 -04:002017-10-19 06:28:00 GMT
    Thursday, October 19 2017 2:28 AM EDT2017-10-19 06:28:45 GMT
    Radee Labeeb Prince was arrested in Delaware Wednesday night following a shooting in two states.More
    Radee Labeeb Prince was arrested in Delaware Wednesday night following a shooting in two states.More
  • Update: Suspect in Maryland Office Park Shooting Arrested

    Update: Suspect in Maryland Office Park Shooting Arrested

    10/18/2017 20:53:00 -04:002017-10-19 00:53:00 GMT
    Wednesday, October 18 2017 11:58 PM EDT2017-10-19 03:58:37 GMT
    (Photo Credit: MGN)(Photo Credit: MGN)
    A man with a lengthy criminal past who showed up for work at a countertop company on Wednesday and shot five of his co-workers has been arrested, authorities said. Three of them were killed and two critically wounded.More
    A man with a lengthy criminal past who showed up for work at a countertop company on Wednesday and shot five of his co-workers has been arrested, authorities said. Three of them were killed and two critically wounded.More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Suspect in Md. Office Park Shooting Apprehended in Del.

    Suspect in Md. Office Park Shooting Apprehended in Del.

    10/19/2017 02:28:00 -04:002017-10-19 06:28:00 GMT
    Thursday, October 19 2017 2:28 AM EDT2017-10-19 06:28:45 GMT
    Radee Labeeb Prince was arrested in Delaware Wednesday night following a shooting in two states.More
    Radee Labeeb Prince was arrested in Delaware Wednesday night following a shooting in two states.More
  • Update: Suspect in Maryland Office Park Shooting Arrested

    Update: Suspect in Maryland Office Park Shooting Arrested

    10/18/2017 20:53:00 -04:002017-10-19 00:53:00 GMT
    Wednesday, October 18 2017 11:58 PM EDT2017-10-19 03:58:37 GMT
    (Photo Credit: MGN)(Photo Credit: MGN)
    A man with a lengthy criminal past who showed up for work at a countertop company on Wednesday and shot five of his co-workers has been arrested, authorities said. Three of them were killed and two critically wounded.More
    A man with a lengthy criminal past who showed up for work at a countertop company on Wednesday and shot five of his co-workers has been arrested, authorities said. Three of them were killed and two critically wounded.More
  • Wicomico County Sheriff's Facebook Post Questioned

    Wicomico County Sheriff's Facebook Post Under Fire

    10/17/2017 17:44:00 -04:002017-10-17 21:44:00 GMT
    Tuesday, October 17 2017 6:30 PM EDT2017-10-17 22:30:06 GMT
    SALISBURY, Md. - A now-deleted Facebook post from Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis is causing controversy in the county.Lewis' post referred to protesters outside a Ravens Game on Sunday. The protesters were demonstrating next to a Maryland State PolicMore
    SALISBURY, Md. - A now-deleted Facebook post from Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis is causing controversy in the county.Lewis' post referred to protesters outside a Ravens Game on Sunday. The protesters were demonstrating next to a Maryland State PolicMore
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Wicomico County Sheriff's Facebook Post Questioned

    Wicomico County Sheriff's Facebook Post Questioned

    A now-deleted Facebook post from Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis is causing controversy in the county. Lewis' post referred to protesters outside a Ravens Game on Sunday. The protesters were demonstrating next to a Maryland State Police trooper. In the post, Lewis referred to the protesters as "fist wielding, black power activists" who decried law enforcement officers' work.

    More

    A now-deleted Facebook post from Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis is causing controversy in the county. Lewis' post referred to protesters outside a Ravens Game on Sunday. The protesters were demonstrating next to a Maryland State Police trooper. In the post, Lewis referred to the protesters as "fist wielding, black power activists" who decried law enforcement officers' work.

    More
  • 18 Inmates Charged in Deadly Del. Prison Uprising

    18 Inmates Charged in Deadly Del. Prison Uprising

    Sixteen inmates have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with a deadly uprising that occurred in early February at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. Two other inmates were also charged in connection with the incident on Feb. 1-2 that resulted in the murder of Lt. Steven Floyd, injuries to Correctional Officers Winslow Smith and Joshua Wilkinson, and the kidnapping of counselor Patricia May.

    More

    Sixteen inmates have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with a deadly uprising that occurred in early February at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. Two other inmates were also charged in connection with the incident on Feb. 1-2 that resulted in the murder of Lt. Steven Floyd, injuries to Correctional Officers Winslow Smith and Joshua Wilkinson, and the kidnapping of counselor Patricia May.

    More
  • Political Mudslinging Ahead of Hurlock Town Elections

    Political Mudslinging Ahead of Hurlock Town Elections

    Samantha McDonald posted her support for mayor of Hurlock to Michael Henry on Facebook. That's when current Mayor Joyce Spratt messaged her.

    In that message, Mayor Spratt said McDonald had been fed lies. McDonald says the Mayor's message was completely inappropriate.

    WBOC went to Mayor Spratt to ask her about the message and allegations McDonald and others have made against her.

    More

    Samantha McDonald posted her support for mayor of Hurlock to Michael Henry on Facebook. That's when current Mayor Joyce Spratt messaged her.

    In that message, Mayor Spratt said McDonald had been fed lies. McDonald says the Mayor's message was completely inappropriate.

    WBOC went to Mayor Spratt to ask her about the message and allegations McDonald and others have made against her.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices