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Vicksburg 1863

 

"Belle Missouri"

Dedicated to the Union Volunteers of Missouri

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Although "Belle Missouri" served as the Union counterpart to the Confederate song, "Missouri Bright Land of the West, it was actually written later (1863) in reply to, "Maryland My Maryland" (a song proclaiming Maryland's desire to join the South) [Both songs are based on the music to "O Tannebaum" an old German Christmas carol] Lyrics by  Howard Glyndon, Music by Hermann Schneider.  Published 1863, by Balmer & Weber, 56 Fourth Str., St. Louis, Mo.  

 

1.
Arise and join the patriot train,
  Belle Missouri! My Missouri!
They should not plead and plead in vain,
  Belle Missouri! My Missouri!
The precious blood of all the slain,
Arises from each reeking plain,
Wipe out this foul, disloyal stain,
  Belle Missouri! My Missouri!

2.
Recall the field of Lexington,
  Belle Missouri! My Missouri!
How Springfield blush'd beneath the sun,
  Belle Missouri! My Missouri!
And noble Lyon all undone,
His race of glory but begun,
And all the freedom yet unwon,
  Belle Missouri! My Missouri!

3.
They call'd thee craven to thy trust,
  Belle Missouri! My Missouri!
They laid thy glory in the dust,
  Belle Missouri! My Missouri!
The helpless prey of treason's lust,
The helpless mark of treason's thrust,
Now shall thy sword in scabbard rust!
  Belle Missouri! My Missouri!

4.
She thrills her blood begins to burn,
  Belle Missouri! My Missouri!
She's bruised and weak but she can turn,
  Belle Missouri! My Missouri!
Lo! on her forehead pale and stern,
A sign to make the traitor's mourn,
Now for the wounds a swift return,
  Belle Missouri! My Missouri!

5.

Stretch out thy thousand loyal hands,
  Belle Missouri! My Missouri!
Send out thy thousand loyal bands,
  Belle Missouri! My Missouri!
To where the flag of Union stands,
Alone, upon the blood-wet sands,
A beacon unto distant lands,
  Belle Missouri! My Missouri!

6.
Up with the loyal Stripes and Stars!
  Belle Missouri! My Missouri!
Down with the traitor stars and bars!
  Belle Missouri! My Missouri!
Now! by the crimson crest of Mars,
And Liberty's appealing scars,
We'll lay the Demon of these wars,
  Belle Missouri! My Missouri!

Background MIDI music,  by Benjamin Robert Tubb.

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