Few residents, even the native variety, realize that Prince George's, County has an official song. With words by G. Frederick Orton of Hyattsville and music by William Moore, then editor of the Prince George's Post, Hail Prince Georges contains four stanzas and has a very pleasant melody.
The song was adopted as the official song of the county in 1939, but was only "rediscovered" a year or so ago. The text is printed below. Any member who desires a copy of the music should write the Society at P.O. Box 14, Riverdale 20840.
Hail! Prince Georges
Prince Georges County, heart of old Maryland
Child of the Free State, long united both stand
Blazoned with glory, may your whole future be!
Bulwark of Tolerance, and true Liberty.
Your beauty long has fed the tired souls of men
They have found rest in wooded hill and green glen
Blest with your soils and streams where food could be found
All that men needed in yourself did abound.
Tired ships of old were kissed by welcoming shore;
Leaders of men came through your wide open door
Prince George’s forest helped: to build happy home
Sheltered in safety 'neath the blue starry dome.
May your rich blessings on us all freely pour
On rich and poor alike till time is no more!
Hail, mighty County, pride of State of Land!
Prince Georges County, heart of old Maryland.
(Copyright 1339, by Prince Georges Chamber of Commerce)
News and Notes From THE PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY