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The Abbot Circle
Soon came again the "Prom" when some of us
Vflere asked to usher in the honored dancers.
Arrayed in evening gowns all sweet and modest,
Vile stood in waiting groups beside the door,
Prepared to lead inside those favored charmers.
And as our high-heeled slippers sharply clicked
Across the smoothness of the polished floor,
XVe glanced above, up at the organ-lofty
And there we saw a host of little friends
just where we all had been the year before!
Wlhen nights had come, and many days had gone,
And fragrances of spring were in the air,
ln Davis Hall we gave a the dansant
For just the Seniors, whom we held most dear.
On Rally Night in june we sang our songs,
And joined in snaky whirls around the circle.
Then one by one we watched the guests depart,
Until the winking lights were left alone.
Cwrand Senior-Mids we were when once again
Another fall we took our place at Abbot.
Our president was Leonore XVickersham.
Accomplishments in varied number had she,
Among them skiing, a feat which well she loved.
Now when the time came for a sport with Bradford,
NVe could not play our usual game of hockey,
Because so many tried and trusty sportsmen
Both here and there were stricken with the " flu ",
And therefore could not practice and gain skill.
Accordingly we planned to have a raceg
As Hare and Hounds we sped the country over.
XVe Senior-Mids ran with the Bradford juniors,
And swiftly, eagerly we bounded off
Behind our " Bushy", leader of the Hounds!
Again this year we gathered by the waters,
Those happy, smiling waters of Pomp's Pond.
And there were mandolins and ukuleles
Played by long, slender fingers: short ones, too!
And there were all the customary frolics,
And songs, filled full of joy, beneath the stars.
Now after Christmas Holidays were over,
The Senior-Middlers gave in Davis Hall
A play, entitled this: "The Elopement of Ellen,"
In which there was a rector, most inane,
Most fond and foolish, with peculiar actions.
And also three fair girls, and likewise lovers.
Next came the " Prom", that grand and state occasion
To which the Senior-Mids with ardor went.
Those evening gowns! Oh! lf you could have seen them
You would have gazed for hours in admiration.
They were most charming, and most beautiful,
And filled both in and out with yards of tulle.
The music was the jazziest ever heard,
And there was Bill from Harvard, Jack from Yale, -
-And we must not forget the Hill Man Species.
Before the fateful hour came to depart,
The Class of 1920 held a banquet,
And toasts, and songs, and great good cheer abounded,
And all the members of the class of '20
Began to have a wondrous, strange new feeling,
A thought about the next year soon to come
XVhen they would be at last the Class of Seniors,
And there was in each heart a deepened thrill
At thought of this high office soon to come.
And so it came about that one fall day
The Class of Seniors came to dear old Abbot.
The time had come for us to be the leaders,
And strange it seemed to have no class above
To look up to in love and admiration,
As always there had been in years gone by.
The president we chose was Catherine Greenough,
And Louise Robinson was our vice-chairman,
Hilda Heath was our class secretary,
Caroline VVilkinson the treasurer.
Responsibilities there were this year,
But there were also gay and happy frolics.
At Haggett's Pond we had the Senior Picnic,
And O the fun! the merriment together!
NVe gathered wood to put upon the fire,
And then with joy watched the crackling flames
That leaped up high to meet the coming darkness.
Now after we had swung, see-sawed, and lunched,
And after some of us, packed in a boat,
Had really rowed upon those mighty waters,
VVe had most rare performances and stunts
Around among the shelter of the pines.
And there were pantomimes, and many jokes,
And dextrous skill in various ways was shown.
Then back to Abbot rode we, jubilant,
Our spirits soaring high as farthest star.”