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INAUGURATION SONNET: ERNEST FOX NICHOLS, by            
First Line: When dies the king, the king must live, and so
Last Line: Such as shall last through god's eternity.
Subject(s): Dartmouth College; Nichols, Ernest Fox (1869-1924)


WHEN dies the king, the king must live, and so
With Truth, the torch must burn on through the night,
For men have grievous need of all its light,
As through a darkened world they grope and go.
The bearer must have strength to meet the woe,
Heart, mind, faith, hope, and love for every plight,
Courage which never falters in the fight —
And he has all of these — Ah, well we know.
So takes he the command, and for his need
We offer him our steadfast loyalty,
And in the frontier fields where he shall lead,
Our tall, green plumes shall wave in majesty,
Till all the fields shall shout of some great deed
Such as shall last through God's eternity.





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