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General Lee's Wooing.

My Marylalnd! My Maryland!”

My Maryland! My Maryland!
Among thy hills of blue
I wander far, I wander wide,
A lover born and true;
I sound my horn upon the hills,
I sound it in the vale,
But echo only answers it--
An echo like a wail.

My Maryland! My Maryland!
I bring thee presents fine--
A dazzling sword with jewelled hilt,
A flask of Bourbon wine;
I bring thee sheets of ghostly white
To dress thy bridal bed,
With curtains of the purple eve
And garlands gory red.

My Maryland! My Maryland!
Sweet land upon the shore,
Bring out thy stalwart yeomanry!
Make clean the threshing-floor;
My ready wains lie stretching far
Across the fertile plain,
And I among the reapers stand
To gather in the grain.

My Maryland! My Maryland!
I fondly wait to see
Thy banner flaunting in the breeze
Beneath the trysting tree;
While all my gallant company
Of gentlemen, with spurs,
Come tramping, tramping o'er the hills,
And tramping through the furze.

My Maryland! My Maryland!
I feel the leaden rain!
I see the winged messenger
Come hurling to my brain!
I feathered with thy golden hair,
'Tis feathered not in vain;
I spurn the hand that loosed the shaft,
And curse thee in my pain.

My Maryland! My Maryland!
Alas! the ruthless day!
That sees my gallant buttonwoods
Ride galloping away;
And ruthless for my chivalry,
Proud gentlemen, with spurs,
Whose bones lie stark upon the hills,
And stark among the furze.


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