The Graduate Leaving College

George Moses Horton


What summons do I hear?
The morning peal, departure's knell;
My eyes let fall a friendly tear,
And bid this place farewell.

Attending servants come,
The carriage wheels like thunders roar,
To bear the pensive seniors home,
Here to be seen no more.

Pass one more transient night,
The morning sweeps the college clean;
The graduate takes his last long flight,
No more in college seen.

The bee, which courts the flower,
Must with some pain itself employ,
And then fly, at the day's last hour,
Home to its hive with joy.


Poems by This Author

A Billet Doux by George Moses Horton
DEAR MISS: Notwithstanding the cloud of doubts which overshadows the mind of adoring fancy
Early Affection by George Moses Horton
I lov'd thee from the earliest dawn
George Moses Horton, Myself by George Moses Horton
I feel myself in need
On Hearing of the Intention of a Gentleman to Purchase the Poet's Freedom by George Moses Horton
When on life's ocean first I spread my sail,
On Liberty and Slavery by George Moses Horton
Alas! and am I born for this,
On Summer by George Moses Horton
Esteville begins to burn
The Slave's Complaint by George Moses Horton
Am I sadly cast aside,

Further Reading

Poems For Graduation
As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII [All the world's a stage]
by William Shakespeare
Beyond the Years
by Paul Laurence Dunbar
by Langston Hughes
First Gestures
by Julia Spicher Kasdorf
Friends, I Will Not Cease
by Vachel Lindsay
by Rudyard Kipling
by William Ernest Henley
Knows how to forget! (433)
by Emily Dickinson
My Heart Leaps Up
by William Wordsworth
The Character of a Happy Life
by Sir Henry Wotton
The Choir Invisible
by George Eliot
The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost
The Writer
by Richard Wilbur
Today We Make the Poet's Words Our Own
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
by Christina Rossetti