Poem of the Week: University Song by James K Baxter with music by Douglas Lilburn
This alternative Otago University anthem written by Baxter and composed by Lilburn had its first public recital in nearly 65 years at the university earlier this week.
Among these hills our fathers came
By strength of eye and hand alone
They build: and murmur loud as flame
Their voices from the living stone.
Forget not those whom Scotland bred
Above whose bones our cities stand:
Forget not them! nor the unknown dead
Whose broken veins flow through our land.
As streams in wilderness rise
And green the desolate shingle plain:
So under windy southern skies
Peace flowered, and wisdom shall remain.
The generations rouse and pass
Like falling birds to well of night;
Or like the wind-sown summer grass
Now tall, now withered in our sight.
But our sons’ sons alike shall find
Perpetual, though nations cease
Within these walls the quiet mind
The storm-unshaken rose of peace.
James K Baxter and Douglas Lilburn