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And on whose pulse renew'd this morning's sun.
His course for twice five lustres full has run, —


Within those walls, and ever nigh at hand,
The guiding thread, the key, the mystic wand.

The power of learning and of labour joined,
Of energy and intellect combin'd,
The ancient archives of those halls disclose,
Since first their old colonial spire arose
Where England's royal crown conspicuous gleam'd.
And o'er the roofs the red-cross banner stream'd.
Deriv'd from hence, the elements we see
Of Jay's sound sense and stern integrity ;
In this deep soil, enrich'd by labour's dew,
The keen sagacity of Morris grew ;
Here flow'd the streams, whose full and gushing tide
The mind of youthful Hamilton supplied ;
His judgment clear and ready to decide,
His energy, which every power applied
Of mind and body ; and e'en here betray 'd
The greatness that his later life display'd :
Its lesson here the persevering mind
Of Clinton found, to toil for human-kind,
And here the pure and heavenly heart of Moore,,
With holy hope was heavenward taught to soar.

Benignant Mother ! These, a chosen few.
Who from thy breast the milk of knowledge drew,,
Drawn from the throng of that extended band.
Illustrious brotherhood ! who through our land.
Sent forth those toilsome habits to pursue,
Their early days with thee familiar knew,
With cultur'd minds and painful diligence,
The noblest gifts could easily dispense.

Benignant Mother ! when with gladness rife,
The spring-time of our young and tender life,


With nature's sunny spring-time sympathized,
And all its flow'ry pleasures dearly priz'd,
How dull did then thy sober laws appear,
Thy firm and wholesome discipline, severe.
Thy long laborious studies, a device
Of age, to cloud young nature's Paradise,
Nor was there ought of fair and pleasing seen,
In Toil's rude features and repulsive mien.
Mid careless joys, how little then they thought
Of the grave truth experience since has taught,
That Sloth, as standing pools infect the air,
Corrupts sweet nature's purest atmosphere ;
While frigid dulness, warm'd by Labour, lives,
As spring's soft touch the torpid earth revives.

Auspicious toil ! thy universal reign
Spreads through creation's infinite domain,
From the poor ant, whose summer cares procure
A scanty pittance for his winter store,
To the bright Seraphim, who, high above.
Engirt in beams of living light and love.
With glad continual service e'er fulfill
The sovereign dictates of the Almighty will ;
And all, through wide creation's bounds, confess
Thy power to soothe, to solace and to bless.



Terram coronis dulce virentibus
Post lustra Taurus jam decorat decern,
Lenesque spirantes amorem et
Laetitiam Zephyri tulere,
A vere dulci quo Dea Candida,
Virtus Honori quam tulit impigra,
Superba Libertas, redempta
Imperio patria tyranni,
Artes jubebat surgere liberas
Aram que Nymph is Pieriis novam
Ponebat. O Mater refulsit
iEdibus ore tuis benigno.
Aulae madebant puniceo tuae
Tinctce cruore, et nunc vacua Dolor
Stabat cathedra : Spes manebat
Sola tibi impavidumque pectus.
Spiravit in te Diva animam novae
Vitae et vocavit nomine patrio
Nostra urbe Regina laboris
Hesperii decori futuram.
Umbrasque Romae et jussit Achaia?
Sedere moestas porticibus tuis
Exempla virtutis daturas
Perpetui et studii juventfB.


Turn laeta carum grataque filium
Deaa patronae jam tibi creditum

Tu nutriisti qui venustas

Reddidit Oceano gementi
Natas secutoe quag fuerant aquis
Solem cadentem in Pacificum mare.

Per asva laudi vel adempti,

Mater, erit tibi nomen ejus.
Pluresque clari consilio et Foro
Jactant alumnos se memores tuos

Calente qui gaudent senecta

Lauribus ante tibi tributis.
Vocamus Almam et rite Columbiam
Te nos docentem Isetitise vias,

Cauteque fundamen salutis

Jam patriae bene munientem.
Multos per annos sit tibi gloria
A filiis quos toUis honoribus,

iEtate maturaque reddant

Munera queis decoras juventam.





The time-worn piles of other climes
Where prisoned Science holds her seat,

Reared in the dark barbaric times
By tyrant King or bigot Priest ;


Where, as the Sun through painted lights
A false and duller radiance throws,

So Learning, dimmed, disguised, invites
By ways directed by her foes.

Not such Columbia ! are thy halls,

By freemen raised beyond the seas.
Where Knowledge, liberated, calls

With bolder voice her votaries :


And those, thy sons, in Freedom's cause
Dismissed to paths where Glory led —

And knowledge hence new vigor draws
From sacred blood for Freedom shed.


So, parted often, here unite,

Science and Freedom, natural friends ;
Freedom shall rise more firm, more bright —

Blest in the light that Science lends :


Science, with drooping wings, no more
Shall fail beneath a Despot's eye,

But mounting, farther, wider soar
With the twin eagle Liberty.

Oh may the fire, borne from afar,

Here nursed, flame with a steady blaze,
Whose far-seen light, as of a star.

Shall send to ev'ry land its rays.


Then pilgrims to whose longing sight.
The splendors of our isle shall rise.

Shall fix their gaze where sparkling bright
Columbia's turrets pierce the skies.

William Duer, A. B.

N. B. The Greek Ode of Professor Anthon was put Into the
hands of a musical composer, with a view to its performance with
the others, at the Celebration ; but from the disappointment occa-
sioned by that person, this part of the arrangement was defeated ;
and from his not returning the manuscript of the Greek Ode, pro-
bably from having lost or mislaid it, and the Professor's retaining
no copy, its publication is necessarily omitted.

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