Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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Come, 'tis the red dawn of the day, Come with thy panoplied array,
Maryland! Maryland!
I see the blush upon thy cheek, But thou wast ever bravely meek,
Maryland! Maryland!
With Ringgold's spirit for the fray, With Watson's blood at Monterey, With fearless Lowe and dashing May,
Maryland! My 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 shot, the blade, 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.'
Dear Mother! burst the tyrant's chain,
Virginia should not call in vain,
Maryland! Maryland!
She meets her sisters on the plain; " Sic semper," 'tis the proud refrain That baffles minions back amain,
Maryland! My Maryland !
Come, for thy shield is bright and strong,
Come, for thy dalliance does thee wrong,
Come to thine own heroic throng,
That stalks with liberty along,
And give a new key to thy song,
Maryland! My Maryland!
Both author and composer of many well-known songs is Henry C. Work, maker of this one. " Grafted into the army," " Kingdom coming," and ** Marching through Georgia," are among the lyrics which patriotism called forth from him during the civil war, while "My Grandfather's Clock" is a later production whose immense popularity is shown by the fact that a year ago the royalty paid him on it had reached four thousand dollars.

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