Monday, September 22, 2008

A very important day

I bet you don't know what today is. Today is the feast of Philander Chase! Who was Philander Chase? I'm so glad you asked...cue music:
Philander Chase

The first of Kenyon's goodly race
Was that great man Philander Chase;
He climbed the Hill and said a prayer,
And founded Kenyon College there.
He climbed the Hill and said a prayer,
And founded Kenyon College there.

He dug up stones, he chopped down trees,
He sailed across the stormy seas,
And begged at every noble's door,
And also that of Hannah More.
And begged at every noble's door,
And also that of Hannah More.

The King, the Queen, the Lords, the Earls,
They gave their crowns, they gave their pearls
Until Philander had enough
And hurried homeward with the stuff.
Until Philander had enough
And hurried homeward with the stuff.

He built the College, built the dam
He milked the cow, he smoked the ham,
He taught the classes, rang the bell,
And spanked the naughty freshmen well.
He taught the classes, rang the bell,
And spanked the naughty freshmen well.

And thus he worked with all his might
For Kenyon College, day and night;
And Kenyon's heart still holds a place
Of love for Old Philander Chase.
And Kenyon's heart still holds a place
Of love for Old Philander Chase.

3 comments:

qoe said...

Yikes! I hope that horrid old set of verses wasn't set to music!

It is interesting to me that all the early colleges and universities were founded on religious principles... competing ones, at that. A hold-over from the old world, and an interesting history that folks could do with being reminded of from time to time.

Laura Toepfer said...

Oh, yes, the Kenyon freshman are required to sing this one every year, along with a couple of other Kenyoniana.

qoe said...

Aack! I am so sorry to hear--I mean I am sure that is a quaint practice. Hopefully, this is in lieu of other traditional college hazing? ;-)