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Tho bird of 1 fan Existing- in the ages gone, Thou, for thyself, hast made a nam That ' s on the lips of every one! The story of thy fabled birth. Of how therefrom the ashes spra A new protector of the earth, Bards of ancient lineage sang. Some now use thine honored name, Symbolic of our own past life, As from the midst of smoke and flame We rose triumphant o ' er the strife. As thou goest forth among our friends. Mayst thou bring back memories dear Of those happiest days one spends, The fond days of the college year!
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' T ' HE most brilliant successes in the field of literature had to venture into a new world. They crossed the boundary from r the ideal to the real to win their pl aces in the hearts of men. The great journalistic enterprises of all ages had to sail out upon an ocean of uncertainty. The masterpieces of the literary world had to battle their ways among the books, and enshrine themselves in the public heart. The Phcenix for the first time asks the ears of the friends of Cumberland University, Modestly it rises from the ashes, surveys the field, plumes its feathers, and begins to soar. It is not aimless in its rising-. Its cinders do not revive, unite, and assume form and symmetry to court applause. It wishes to give the public a glimpse of University life and work in an institution that has its sons in all honorable stations in our national life. It hopes to please the friends of the University by greeting them with pictures of our noble professors, and the buildings about which cluster the tenderest memories — memories sweeter than thoughts of watered gardens to the thirsty pilgrims, and to call back a happy past with its fond associations. It feels sure of cultivating in the student college pride, and of preserving for him faces and reminiscences that will be forever cherished and made sweeter by the passing of the } r ears. In surveying its horizon, the Phcenix feels a pardonable pride. It looks in upon all the classes of the University, enrolls the names of their students, and gathers their pictures. It alights upon the windows of each literary Society, notes the hon- ored ones among the galaxy of orators, catalogues each name, and photographs each member. It enters the dark mysterious halls of the Greeks, and where no eye but the initiate sees, searches through archives of the past, drags out puzzling letters figures, words and signs, with hideous skeletons and horned beasts, and exposes these and the likenesses of those who revel in such mysteries. It steals into the cloistered Annex, feasts its ej ' es on the luxury and beauty there, and flies out reflecting the imagery of the lovely creatures who in that institution drink from wisdom ' s fonts. But the Phcenix boasts not itself in its looks. " Order is heaven ' s first law, " not beauty. We are proud that the Phcenix lives. " We trust that as it plumes its feathers to fly from these classic walls, each year will add more brilliant hues to its wings, and that it may be- come, with age, a bird of transcendent loveliness. Our wishes follow you, dear Phcenix. " We know the sun of criticism will beat upon your crest, and winds of opposition ruffle thy pinions, but one of the old masters whispers down upon you: " Per aspeia ad astro. " Thou hast a noble history. As you stand upon let your eyes ever behold the words, " Astra castra, numen lumen, " and thou shalt find in thy soaring, " Thy head wears sunbeams and thy feet touch stars. "
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EDITORS OF THE PHCENIX.
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