Collegia – Ode 51: Alma Mater


(Apologies to Robert Bridges)

I love all ancient things,
I’d like to restore them;
Castles and narrow ways;
For man in those hasty days
Would be better for them.

Here in this college old
Is joy for my taking;
Although when I leave it seem
Like the palace of Coleridge’s dream
Shattered on waking.

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