Maryland, My Maryland


Poem by James Ryder Randall

To the tune of Lauriger Horatius

Adopted in 1939



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!



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!



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!



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!



Come! for thy shield is bright and strong,

Maryland!

Come! for thy dalliance does thee wrong,

Maryland!

Come to thine own heroic throng,

Stalking with Liberty along,

And chaunt thy dauntless slogan song,

Maryland! My Maryland!



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! My Maryland!



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!



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!



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!

Listen to the music for Maryland, My Maryland

Photo by Jennifer Schmidt
Licensed under the Creative Commons
Credit goes to Byways.org


Courtesy of HomewithGod

Citation styles

APA style
Song of Maryland. (2014, December 30). In ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States. Retrieved 15:24, October 23, 2017, from https://statereports.com/maryland_state_song/
MLA style
classbrain, “Song of Maryland.” ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States. 30 December 2014, 18:26 UTC. . 23 Oct 2017 <https://statereports.com/maryland_state_song/>.
MHRA style
classbrain, 'Song of Maryland', ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States, 30 December 2014, 18:26 UTC, <https://statereports.com/maryland_state_song/> [accessed 23 October 2017]
The Chicago Manual of Style
classbrain, “Song of Maryland.” ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States, https://statereports.com/maryland_state_song/ [accessed October 23, 2017].
CBE/CSE style
classbrain, Song of Maryland [Internet]. ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States; 2014 December 30, 18:26 UTC [cited 2017 Oct 23]. Available from: https://statereports.com/maryland_state_song/.
Bluebook style
Song of Maryland, https://statereports.com/maryland_state_song/ (last visited Oct. 23, 2017).
AMA style
classbrain, Song of Maryland. ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States. December 30, 2014, 18:26 UTC. Available at: https://statereports.com/maryland_state_song/. Accessed October 23, 2017.

Citation styles

APA style
Song of Maryland. (2014, December 30). In ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States. Retrieved 15:24, October 23, 2017, from https://statereports.com/maryland_state_song/
MLA style
classbrain, “Song of Maryland.” ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States. 30 December 2014, 18:26 UTC. . 23 Oct 2017 <https://statereports.com/maryland_state_song/>.
MHRA style
classbrain, 'Song of Maryland', ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States, 30 December 2014, 18:26 UTC, <https://statereports.com/maryland_state_song/> [accessed 23 October 2017]
The Chicago Manual of Style
classbrain, “Song of Maryland.” ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States, https://statereports.com/maryland_state_song/ [accessed October 23, 2017].
CBE/CSE style
classbrain, Song of Maryland [Internet]. ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States; 2014 December 30, 18:26 UTC [cited 2017 Oct 23]. Available from: https://statereports.com/maryland_state_song/.
Bluebook style
Song of Maryland, https://statereports.com/maryland_state_song/ (last visited Oct. 23, 2017).
AMA style
classbrain, Song of Maryland. ClassBrain's State Reports | State Symbols | 50 US States. December 30, 2014, 18:26 UTC. Available at: https://statereports.com/maryland_state_song/. Accessed October 23, 2017.