When College Songs

Written by

by Mathias H. Richards (Gettysburg 1860) c. 1858; tune: “Lauriger Horatius”


When college songs and college lays,
Are faded with their makers days;
When sol’s swift wheels have made us old,
And college life’s a tale that’s told,

What if the space be far and wide,
That parts us from our brother’s side;
A soul-joined chain unites our band,
And mem’ry links us hand in hand.

The same moon beams kiss us at night,
The same beauties greet our sight;
Watchwords the same our hearts inspire,
Enkindling with the same pure fire.

Phi Gamma Delta, still to thee,
Our hearts will turn, eternally.
Phi Gamma Delta still to thee,
Our hearts will turn, eternally

This track was made available by Phi Gamma Delta IHQ.  Recorded June 1960 at RCA Studios, New York City. Produced by Richard Maltby (Northwestern 1936). The seventeen-voice male chorus was organized and supervised by Michael Stewart, conducted by James Leyden. Song arrangements by Maltby and Leyden. Hummel Fishburn (Penn State 1922) consulted.

Last modified: December 20, 2023