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A chronicle of Andrew Lewis as told in varied forms of prose and verse.
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Introduction ... N days long past I sang my ballads and told the tales of noble deeds. I sang the hundred ancient lays while a traveler far and wide, and brought the news of distant town and read the kingly laws to those who could not find out otherwise. I told my tales and sang my lays, beside all sorts of blazing hearths, of mighty prince or peasant poor and warmed their hearts with jests and jokes. While other times in village squares, I sang of deeds to multitudes and these, in their hardworking lives were times of respite from the toil. The minstrels now have ceased to sing; the castles now are mostly fallen; the few that stand are long since stilled. Winds make music in the halls which once did shake to the mighty roar of great and rugged warriors. In the place of minstrel’s tune the Annual copywriters work. Long hours pass to gain perfection so this lay may come to you. In this book they fain would strive to tell the tales which now are formed, to wed the old with modern ways in varied forms of prose and verse. They strive to warm your hearts in future years with memories kept alive and new, to give a very full account of fruitful work and fellowship, of studies loved and those despised, of joys and sorrows and inspiration, of recreation and the little things that made and make our life worth living. These products of our minds and hands are all combined in well mixed form, with thoughts of this all fruitful year. The graduating class has taken leave; the halls fall still; their tread is gone, and others rise to take their place with wild expectant shouts and step. Their silent tear is shed for those who leave. Although others fill the space, they cannot take the place in the hearts of those who have known and loved them. In the hearts of those who rise in gladness, comes the thought that they before too long shall also leave, and this amidst the celebration mellows their joy. This year now lives in memory, in the pages of this history which are now set and stamped with the imprints of the year 1953-1954.
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Foreword . .. N bringing you this latest scroll, We fain would try to interpret our lay, Through the ancient minstrel’s eyes, In both antique and modern form, And wed and blend the old and new. We would try to write this tale Exactly as it happened here, Both the happy and the sad, And make this account full and true, So that in the future years, These deeds on paper may refresh your mind. If achieved, it is enough For it is the purpose for which ’twas written. With these thoughts and memories Of life at Andrew Lewis We give you the 1954 Pioneer.
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