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Page 100 text:
In the gray twilight I’m sitting tonight Thinking of home and the dear days of yore;
The thoughts of my childhood and youth bring delight As they come thronging from memory’s store.
Like a series of pictures they seem to unfold.
And I sec in a sheltered and quiet retreat My once happy home the same as of old Where round the bright hearthstone the loved ones would meet.
The stalwart oak reaches protecting green arms Afar o’er the wide stretch of'soft grassy lawn
In its branches the wild-bird, secure from alarms,
Sings blithely its song at the earliest dawn.
I sec the worn path down the long sloping hill Where my loitering footsteps so often have trod.
The spring clear and cool and the bright flashing rill
On whose banks in the breeze graceful ferns wave and nod.
The old-fashioned church at the brow of the hill.
It comes to my vision so plainly tonight;
And the burying-ground where the dead lie so still With quiet hands folded away from sight.
I sec the old Normal, the pride of my youth;
Once again ’ncath its roof with my classmates I meet And we study from books words of wisdom and truth.
Then to faithful instructors the lessons repeat.
I see the quaint town with its long dusty street.
The bridge where I lingered in merriest play;
In the distance the river whose turbid waves beat Against sands that arc shifting by night and day.
But while 1 am musing the swift darkness falls And covers with sombre and misty grey veil The beautiful pictures on memory’s walls.
While stars one by one glimmer forth cold and pale.
—Lottie McKenzie Hahorsen
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Page 101 text:
NORMAL BUILDING, 1866
PROGRAM OF THE FIRST COMMENCEMENT, 1870
Salutatory—Oration—“The Student’s Hope”..............Geo. E. Howard
Valedictory—Oration—“Nothing Last”...................Annie Moorhead
Music—Normal Farewell Glee...........................Professor Martin
NORMAL FAREWELL GLEE
We conic, kind friends, yet once again, to greet you ere we part,
To breathe the final farewell word to every faith fill heart;
And tho school days now are over, kind remembrances remain, While the fondest recollections rise before us once again.
Many scenes of former friendships, many treasured words of truth, Stand engraved on memory’s tablet of the happy days of youth; Many kindly words here spoken, golden links in memory's chain,
Of the happy weeks now past, are the treasures that remain.
And now we say farewell to friends and scenes most dear,
The joyous days in Normal I falls for aye our lives shall cheer.
And while we golden harvests reap, or seeds of knowledge scatter. Our prayer today shall he alway—“God bless our Alma Mater!”
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