Postcard from the Past – Wyoming State Song Lyrics
In observance of the 125th birthday of the Cowboy State, choirs are singing the Wyoming state song, which was written in Grand Encampment in 1903. Last week you received the history of the tune, while this “Postcard” presents the lyrics as written by Judge Charles E. Winter of Grand Encampment.
Adopted as the State Song at the Third State Industrial Convention, Published by The Herald Publishing Company, Grand Encampment
In the far and mighty West,
Where the crimson sun seeks rest,
There’s a growing, splendid state that lies above
On the breast of this great land,
There’s Wyoming, young and strong, the state I love.
In thy flowers wild and sweet,
Colors rare and perfumes meet;
There’s the Columbine, so pure; the Daisy, too.
Wild the Rose and red it springs,
White the Button and its rings.
Thou art loyal, for they’re red and white and blue.
Where thy peaks with crowned head,
Rising till the sky they wed,
Sit like snow-queens ruling wood and stream and plain;
’Neath thy granite bases deep,
’Neath thy bosom’s broadened sweep,
Lie the riches that have gained and brought thee fame.
Other treasures Thou dost hold,
Men and women Thou dost mould;
True and earnest are the lives that Thou dost raise.
Strength thy children Thou dost teach,
Nature’s truth Thou giv’st to each,
Free and noble are they workings and thy ways.
In the nation’s banner free
There’s one star that has for me
A pure radiance and a splendor like the sun;
Mine it is, Wyoming’s star,
Home it leads me, near or far,
O, Wyoming! All my heart and love you’ve won.
Wyoming! Wyoming! Land of the sunlight clear,
Wyoming! Wyoming! Land that we hold so dear,
Wyoming! Wyoming! Precious art Thou and thine.
Wyoming! Wyoming! Beloved state of mine,
Copyrighted 1903 by Winter and Clemens