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A STANFORD HYMN, by            
First Line: Against the night, the skies disclose
Last Line: In time's advancing truth!
Subject(s): Death; Grief; Solitude; Stanford University; Dead, The; Sorrow; Sadness; Loneliness

Against the night, the skies disclose
Their beauty shadow-fraught;
From out the night, a star arose;
Through sorrow, gleamed a thought.

But for the grief which sat by death,
And dreamed its dream alone,
Our Alma ne'er had felt God's breath
Turning to life the stone,—

God's breath of love, to purpose warm
Transmuting human loss;
Revealing life's ideal form
To those beneath the cross.

O Stanford, look unto the height!
Athene-like, thy youth!
Led by thy star, seek thou thy might
In time's advancing truth!

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