Alma Mater thou hast taught us,
Wisdom true and tried;
Thro' the seasons thou hast brought us
Joys that will abide.
Through the years our hands may sever,
Thou shalt have our love forever,
Kindly Mother, thou shalt never
Come to be our guide.
Jolly days together,
In fair or cloudy weather,
We shall ne'er forget them,
No matter where we go;
Days of youth and gladness,
Leave no room for sadness,
Campus days are happy days at Ohio.
College hopes may fade and perish,
College friends may stray;
But the memories we cherish
Shall forever stay.
Alma Mater we will treasure
Gifts of thine that know no measure,
And the dreams of campus pleasure
Ne'er shall pass away.
This song was an entry in The Ohio State Alumni Association Song Contest in 1916. It was published in Songs of Ohio State University. Unfortunately, there is no additional information about this song, other than the composer and its publication. The melody is distinctly ragtime, which was a popular music genre at the time this song was written.
Campus Days won the Student Council Cup for the best music to the poem Campus Days in the 1916 Ohio State Alumni Association Song Contest.
Photo: Circa 1890 Mirror Lake Islands, Courtesy of The Ohio State University Archives
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