Collegia – Ode 22: Why are We Here?

 

(Apologies to Arthur Hugh Clough)

To spend nine weeks of toil and pain,
Again, again, and yet again,
In working out in heart and brain
The problems of the coming year;
To gather facts from book and seer,
Upon the mind to hold them clear,
And with a resolution firm
To work hard till the end of term,
So well the dread results to draw –
Is this the object, end, and law
And purpose of our being here?