Capital News Service 

Some Maryland state lawmakers are trying to replace the lyrics of the state song, "Maryland! My Maryland!" The nine-stanza original is a Civil War fight song. Below that is the suggested four-stanza replacement, sung to the same tune ("O, Tannenbaum") and with the same title as the original. 

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 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 heroic throng
Stalking with Liberty along,
And chaunt 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 again,
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 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! 

 

Sen. Jennie Forehand, D-Montgomery, would like to see the following become the state song. 

I
We dedicate our song to thee,
Maryland, my Maryland,
The home of light and liberty,
Maryland, my Maryland,
We love thy streams and wooded hills,
Thy mountains with their gushing rills,
Thy scenes — our heart with rapture fills —
Maryland, my Maryland. 

II
In twain the Chesapeake divides
Maryland, my Maryland,
While oceanward its water glides,
Maryland, my Maryland.
Yet we in thought and purpose one,
Pursue the work so well begun,
And may our state be ne'er outdone,
Maryland, my Maryland. 

III
Proud sons and daughters boast of thee,
Maryland, my Maryland.
Thine is a precious history,
Maryland, my Maryland.
Brave hearts have held thy honor dear,
Have met the foeman far and near,
But victory has furnished cheer,
Maryland, my Maryland. 

IV
"Sail on, sail on, O Ship of State!"
Maryland, my Maryland.
May we, thy children, make thee great,
Maryland, my Maryland.
May gratitude our hearts possess,
And boldly we thy claims express,
And bow in loving thankfulness,
Maryland, my Maryland. 

Source: Maryland Senate Bill 19.