An Ode To Harvard; And Other Poems by Witter BynnerAn Ode To Harvard; And Other Poems by Witter Bynner

An Ode To Harvard; And Other Poems

byWitter Bynner

Paperback | January 31, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907. Excerpt: ... AN ODE TO HARVARD I was with Thee, Alma Mater, From that formal first October To that fourth and final June; Bed by twelve o'clock or later, Out again at least by noon; Gay at times, but often sober: O that dignified October!--0 that muslin mischief June! 1 who loved Thee, Alma Mater, Had to leave Thee all too soon! Though, many an hour, a ring of castles rises, And none in Spain are cosey like to these That look through elms and move through memories With turns, with turrets and with old surprises,--Yet are they vanished on the instant breeze. But here I am come back, back to the Yard,--with no such flippant tread As when I lived in it, but like another Freshman, with as grave a mien, As close a survey of its hedge of bricks, As though I'd never seen Holworthy, Hollis, Massachusetts and the rest, And Stoughton, which I look at longest and like best: I feel a sudden, a funereal pain, A sense of an own parent come to view The former haunts of an own son that's dead.... A lump was in my throat, until I said: 'You sentimental fool, It's where you went to school, That's all!--You can come back at any time and find a goody-made-up bed If not in Stoughton, in some other hall Where now as proctors linger fellows whom you knew When proctors seemed impressive things to them and you:--Or visit younger friends, some one perhaps still new To the immemorial methods of Memorial cooks!'--That made me smile again,--visions of chicken giblet-dressed, And as constant lamb as Mary's till petitions gave us rest And sounds of service like a heavy rain.-- O how the good discomforts all, The little miseries, come back and make me gay again! The melancholy was a mood that fell but to make greener the great joy that stays. See how the buildings are the same as in those other days...
Title:An Ode To Harvard; And Other PoemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:18 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217774725

ISBN - 13:9780217774727