The time has arrived when our sojourn together
For many bright days must now draw to a close
In friendship and union we'll dwell with each other
While time has rushed by with its joys, fears and woes.
The days have sped swiftly since first we assembled
To store up the treasures that science imparts
We know as we sep'rate that love undissembled
May linger with mem'ry and never depart.
We'll think on these scenes with the fondest emotion
When time writes the wrinkle of age on our brows
Though tossed by life's fitful and troubled commotion
We'll swell with delight on the scenes passing now.
But never again shall we all meet each other
To seek the bright diamonds of unfading truth
Till meeting in heaven each sister and brother
Shall bloom in immortal unchangable youth.
And now fare ye well all these scenes that are closing
We go and are scattered abroad o'er the earth
Some one of our number may soon be reposing
Beneath cold clods of the land of our birth.
Farewell fellow classmates my heart shall go with you
Through joy and through sorrow, through sunlight and gloom
And students beloved may God ever give you
His grace and protection till laid in the tomb.
Hiram, June 24th 1853} James A. Garfield