MANUSCRIPT LYRICS FOR THE SECOND VERSE OF "MARYLAND, MY MARYLAND," THE OFFICIAL STATE SONG OF MARYLAND. James Ryder Randall.

MANUSCRIPT LYRICS FOR THE SECOND VERSE OF "MARYLAND, MY MARYLAND," THE OFFICIAL STATE SONG OF MARYLAND.

[Washington, DC: 1893]. An eight-line stanza from Randall's poem, in manuscript, signed by Randall, copied onto a single sheet of letterhead stationery from the Committee on Post Offices and Post Roads, United States Senate, and dated Washington, D.C., Oct. 21, 1893, matted onto a larger sheet of plain paper. This stanza reads: "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!" Faint old fold lines, a bit of spotting at right margin, else a nice example. Apparently Randall was responding to a request for a hand-written copy of his poem. Item #61470

Ryder, a native Marylander, composed this poem in April 1861, after Union troops marched through Baltimore. A Confederate sympathizer teaching in Louisiana at the time, Ryder was outraged by this event which caused rioting and deaths in the city, including the death of a close friend, and penned this song which begins "The despot's heel is on thy shore, Maryland...." It became a popular battle hymn throughout the south during the Civil War when it was set to the tune of "Lauriger Horatius" by Jennie Cary, a member of Baltimore society. It was later adopted as the official Maryland state song in 1939. Ryder was often called the "Poet Laureate of the Lost Cause."

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