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First Line: We pray the founders' prayer--that here may rise
Last Line: The sun of righteousness illumes our west.
Subject(s): Rutgers University


We pray the founders' prayer -- that here may rise
A temple planted on a mountain crest,
To catch the first glow of the eastern skies.
Oh sun of righteousness, illume our west!

Enrich these halls with science' goodly store,
The ages' toil-worn treasure, time's bequest;
Man's knowledge turn to wisdom more and more.
Oh sun of righteousness, illume our west!

Fulfill the golden dreams of ardent youth;
Add to our manhood's prime a keener zest,
In glad devotion to the search for truth.
Oh sun of righteousness, illume our west!

Crown the land's wealth with a diviner creed,
Service and stewardship at God's behest;
Dispel the night of selfishness and greed.
Oh sun of righteousness, illume our west!

Lo, the day dawns! The deepening color soars;
The first rays redden on the mountain's crest,
Lift up your heads, ye everlasting doors;
The sun of righteousness illumes our west.





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