The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #6315   Message #4176114
Posted By: Lighter
04-Jul-23 - 08:59 PM
Thread Name: Origins: The Marines' Hymn / Halls of Montezuma
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Marines' Hymn / Halls of Montezuma
Another twist:

Dorothea York reprinted the four-stanza hymn, including the Cavite stanza, in "Mud and Stars" (1931) with the following acknowledgment:

"Reprinted by permission of Doubleday, Doran, and Company, the publishers [of The Book of Navy Songs]; of the Trident Society, of Annapolis; and of Mrs. Henry C. Davis, whose late husband, Col. Davis, U.S.M.C., was the author of all but the first stanza. The origin of the first stanza is unknown."

So go figure.

The earliest discovered example of the four-stanza hymn dates from 1912 (see above).