Baccalaureate Sermon, and Oration and Poem ...

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Welch, Bigelow, and Company, 1864 - 50 pages
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Page 33 - The intelligible forms of ancient poets, The fair humanities of old religion, The power, the beauty, and the majesty, That had their haunts in dale, or piny mountain. Or forest by slow stream, or pebbly spring, Or chasms and wat'ry depths; all these have vanished ; They live no longer in the faith of reason!
Page 51 - Friends have we found here, whose friendship shall never Cease till the current of life flow no more, Seas may divide us, but ne'er shall they sever Hearts that beat true to our own Sixty-Four. Fondly we think on the place we are leaving, Boldly we seek what the future may give, Knowledge and strength we have here been receiving, . . God grant us all that we know how to live. Onward we '11 .march, then, with shoulder to shoulder, Beady to meet all that life has in store, Blood leaping quicker, and...
Page 25 - ... which a good life, crowned by a noble death, has taught. How great must be the value of what is purchased at so dear a price! " But, O Fatherland that we love so well, Shall the future's annals, shuddering, tell It was all in vain that our heroes fell ? " We give them up at thy bitter cry ; We speak no word when they go to die ; Is it Freedom's dawn that reddens the sky ? " O comrades, sleep well in your soldier's bed, — Your HERO sleep in the fields of our dead: We know who watchBs overhead.
Page 31 - God, let us so acquit oiirselves, that, when our history as a Class is ended, some hand shall write upon the opening leaf of the class-book of the Class of SixtyFour : " These are they who, whether before the world or in retired walks of life, sought not their own renown, but, taking right and duty as their guides, fought the good fight till they were called to their reward. These are they whom their countrymen delighted to honor, and whom their Alma Mater has enrolled among the not least honored...
Page 21 - ... our labor be of value to teach others only to shun our errors, not to copy our success. And for the last four years we have worked steadily side by side, gathering our threads from the same mass of material, and with the same patterns placed before us to assist us in our labor. From to-day this is to be so no more ; but before we go our various ways, it will do...
Page 49 - And we turn from the days we have left in the past To question the days still to be, In the trust that our love shall endure to the last For the Truth and, dear Mother, for thee. Thou hast nurtured us, given us strength to achieve, Be our purposes holy and high, And our work too well done e'er to wish to retrieve When our pilgrimage sees the end nigh.
Page 34 - No death feel they, but live forever on,— On through the course of swiftly transient years ; Live when bright Memory's lingering light is gone, Live in our lives, evoke our smiles and tears ; Departed cities rest in sleep profound, Nor doth a voice the mournful stillness break, Until reviving words of heroes wake Resounding echoes from the silent ground. While the long-buried Past unfolds to view The changes that destructive Time...
Page 24 - But other sadder memories arise before us. There are many who have stood among us in our College course who stand among us no more. It is but fitting that to-day we send them a hearty God-speed, wherever they may be. Far and wide are they scattered, who in these years have clasped our hands, and walked by our side along these familiar paths. Our Class List tells us that, of the one hundred and forty-four who have been of our number, to-day but ninety-six stand together.
Page 23 - ... together; — these all come freshly before our minds to-day, and each is pleasant to recall, though some were bitter to experience. Nay, our very reprimands and privates wear a pleasing aspect, seen through the glamour which the past spreads over them, and our publics — how could we regret them, when each one, as it came, but put us more strongly in mind of our loved Sixty-Pour ? But other sadder memories arise before us.
Page 13 - ... with the hope and promise that you severally gave at the outset. I cannot but recall, as our parting approaches, him under whose presidency you entered on your academic career. It was the joy of his life and the beauty of his character, to be among the very chief of servants. No one illustrated more fully and richly than he the beneficent influence, the extended and cumulative power for good, at the command of the Christian scholar.

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