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Maryland, My Maryland

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Maryland, My Maryland
J.R. Randall

The despot's heel is on thy shore,
Maryland, My Maryland!
His touch is at thy temple door,
Maryland, My Maryland!
Avenge the patriotic gore
That fleck'd the streets of Baltimore,
And be the Battle Queen of yore,
Maryland, My Maryland!

Hark to a wand'ring Son's appeal!
Maryland, My Maryland!
My Mother State! To thee I kneel,
Maryland, My 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, My Maryland!
Thy beaming sword shall never rust,
Maryland, My Maryland!
Remember Carroll's sacred trust,
Remember Howard's warlike thrust-
And all thy slumberers with the just,
Maryland, My Maryland!

Dear Mother! Burst the tyrant's chain,
Maryland, My Maryland!
Virginia should not call in vain!
Maryland, My Maryland!
She meets her sisters on the plain-
"Sic semper" tis the proud refrain,
That baffles minions back amain,
Maryland, My Maryland!

I hear the distant thunder-hum,
Maryland, My Maryland!
The Old Line's bugle, fife and drum,
Maryland, My 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!



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