Of thee thy sons, Ohio State,
Triumphant anthems sing;
To thee our hearts we dedicate,
To thee our praise we bring.
The love of thee deep in each soul
Forever shall abide;
And where the darker waters roll,
The light shall be our guide.
Thou standest unperturbed, serene,
Amid the rolling ways,
Upon thy brow no care is seen,
No sorrow on thy face.
When men shall falter, with sick will,
And with unmeaning aim;
Ah, then shall rise, diviner still,
The temple of thy fame.
See where above thy wide green lawn,
Thy splendid colors play,
The glory in the clouds at dawn;
The Scarlet and the Gray.
They still shall stream, when time shall bring
Our lives beyond thy fate,
Thy children, praising still shall sing
Of thee, Ohio State.
Ohio State was written by Harold Childs in 1912, and was published in The Ohio State University Monthly, as To Thee, Ohio State. in November, 1912. As with many songs of this era, it utilizes a popular melody of the day, in this case Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes. It was entered in the 1916 Ohio State Alumni Association Song Contest, for the purpose of having a new melody written for the song. Homer Howard wrote the new melody, and the name of this song was changed to Ohio State. This new version was published in Songs of Ohio State University. To Thee, Ohio State is available on the Ohio State Songs Lost to History page, under the Alma Maters/Hymns section.
Ohio State won the Sun-Dial Cup for the best music to an existing song, To Thee, Ohio State, in the 1916 Ohio State Alumni Association Song Contest.
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