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Poem by Henry Van Dyke
(Song for the City College of New York) O youngest of the giant brood Of cities far-renowned; In wealth and power thou hast passed Thy rivals at a bound; And now thou art a queen, New York; And how wilt thou be crowned? ”Weave me no palace-wreath of pride,” The royal city said; ”Nor forge an iron fortress-wall To frown upon my head; But let me wear a diadem Of Wisdom’s towers instead.” And so upon her island height She worked her will forsooth, She set upon her rocky brow A citadel of Truth, A house of Light, a home of Thought, A shrine of noble Youth. Stand here, ye City College towers, And look both up and down; Remember all who wrought for you Within the toiling town; Remember all they thought for you, And all the hopes they brought for you, And be the City’s Crown.
Henry Van Dyke
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