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ATHENS, GA., DEC. 20, 1889.
Spoken at the Planting of the Class Tree of’90, by John Hale.
Kind friends :
A meeting of this class was held one day.
To select class officers, so they say;
There orators and prophets did abound,
But not a single poet could be found;
So my class mates did together agree
That a class poet should be made of me.
Now, should I in duty fail, do not scorn
For Em poet made, and not poet born.
But let tha muses rest, let ’em idle be
I have for my theme this class and its tree,
’Tis a theme furnishing thought too profuse
For me to plead to an inspiring muse; ,
This theme will lend its inspiring aid
Until fully enough, I shall have said.
And yet, in praise, I will not say one word,
But such as you have oftimes heard,
For this class has ever been praised
From beginning to end of college days;
Its praises are old, by no means new,
Though like the Bible, they are just and true.
The representative class is Ninety,
Of the representative University
Of the representative State
Of the united forty-eight,