In 1860, James Andrews DeWolf, class of 1861, was appointed Psi Upsilon's editor for the Brown Paper. Instead of submitting a poem to the edition, his creative contribution was a music-inspired one: he wrote the lyrics to a song with the title "Old Brown." De Wolf picked a popular tune among Brown students, "Araby's Daughter," and the song, renamed "Alma Mater," was performed at a concert of the Glee Club in 1869.
The following is the first of three stanzas, and the most popular one:
Alma Mater! we hail thee with loyal devotion,And bring to thine altar our off'ring of praise;Our hearts swell within us, with joyful emotion,As the name of Old Brown in loud chorus we raise.The happiest moments of youth's fleeting hours,We've passed, 'neath the shade of these time-honored walls,And sorrows as transient as April's brief showersHave clouded our life in Brunonia's halls.
DeWolf later became a physician and surgeon. The painting was presented to Brown in 1911 by his sister.
Created by: Linda Mac
Record added: May 29, 2011
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