[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."