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View of Cayuga Lake.
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"Far Above Cayuga's Waters" is Cornell University's alma mater. The lyrics were composed circa 1870 by roommates Archibald Croswell Weeks, 1872, and Wilmot Moses Smith, 1874, and set to the tune of "Annie Lisle", a popular 1857 ballad by H. S. Thompson about a heroine dying of tuberculosis. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1600x789, 332 KB) Summary View from Libe Slope @ Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, towards Cayuga Lake. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1600x789, 332 KB) Summary View from Libe Slope @ Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, towards Cayuga Lake. ... Cornell redirects here. ... Alma mater is Latin for nourishing mother. It was used in ancient Rome as a title for the mother goddess, and in Medieval Christianity for the Virgin Mary. ... 1870 (MDCCCLXX) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... 1872 (MDCCCLXXII) was a leap year starting on Monday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Wednesday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... 1874 (MDCCCLXXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Annie Lisle is the name of an 1857 ballad by Boston, Massachusetts songwriter H. S. Thompson and published by Oliver Ditson & Co. ... 1857 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... A ballad is a story in a song, usually a narrative song or poem. ... This article is about the type of character. ... Tuberculosis (commonly shortened to TB) is an infection caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which most commonly affects the lungs (pulmonary TB) but can also affect the central nervous system (meningitis), lymphatic system, circulatory system (Miliary tuberculosis), genitourinary system, bones and joints. ...

Arguably, this song is the most popular and best known alma mater in the United States. It is the only alma mater song included in Ronald Herder's "500 Best-Loved Song Lyrics." In a novel, Betty Smith called it "the saddest and oldest of all college songs." Edward Abbey, in One Life at a Time, Please, mentions a campfire sing in which he contributed "the only Ivy League song that occurred to me: 'Far Above Cayuga's Waters.'" Betty Smith was an American author, born in Brooklyn in 1896, who wrote the instant bestseller, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, published in 1943. ... Edward Paul Abbey (January 29, 1927 - March 14, 1989) was an American author and essayist noted for his criticism of public land policies and advocacy of environmental issues. ...

The tune has been adopted since by dozens of universities, colleges, and high schools worldwide. For example, Professor George Penny of the University of Kansas wrote his school's alma mater by changing a few words from Cornell's song ("Far above the golden valley..."). Other colleges and universites that have borrowed the song include the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Indiana University, the College of William and Mary, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Missouri, the University of Georgia, Lewis & Clark College, Moravian College, Xavier University, Acadia University, Vanderbilt University, the American University of Beirut, and even the fictional Plainfield Teacher's College. Western Illinois University A university is an institution of higher education and of research, which grants academic degrees at all levels (bachelor, master, and doctor) in a variety of subjects. ... The term college (Latin collegium) is most often used today to denote an educational institution. ... High school - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... The University of Kansas (often referred to as just KU or Kansas) is an institution of higher learning located in Lawrence, Kansas. ... The University of Wisconsin–La Crosse is a public university located in La Crosse, Wisconsin (pop. ... The Indiana University system, technically founded in 1820, is an eight-campus university system in the state of Indiana. ... Website WM.edu The College of William and Mary in Virginia (also referred to as W&M or simply The College) is a small public university located in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. It is the second-oldest institution of higher education in the United States (after Harvard University). ... The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public, coeducational, research university located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. ... The University of Missouri System is the designated public research and land-grant university system of the state of Missouri. ... The University of Georgia, often abbreviated UGA, is located approximately 70 miles north-east of Atlanta in Athens, Georgia and is the largest institution of higher learning and research in the State of Georgia. ... Lewis & Clark College, a private liberal arts college in Portland, Oregon, was founded in 1867 as Albany Collegiate Institute by a group of Presbyterian pioneers in the Willamette Valley town of Albany 46 miles south of Portland. ... Moravian College is a four-year liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. ... Xavier University is a name common to several education institutions found around the world. ... Acadia University is a university located in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. ... Vanderbilt University (colloquially known as Vandy) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in Nashville, Tennessee. ... The American University of Beirut (AUB) is a private, independent, non-sectarian university founded in 1866 in Beirut, Lebanon. ... The Three Graces, here in a painting by Sandro Botticelli, were the goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility in Greek mythology. ... Plainfield Teachers College was an imaginary college, created as a hoax, that fooled the New York Times sports department and college football fans across the country. ...

The song traditionally concludes campus performances by the Cornell University Glee Club. It is also heard between the second and third periods of men's ice hockey games, halftime or the end of the third quarter of football games, and half time of other Cornell athletic contests attended by the Cornell Big Red Marching Band or the Cornell Big Red Pep Band. The Cornell University Glee Club (CUGC) is the oldest student organization at Cornell University, having been organized shortly after the first students arrived on campus in 1868. ...

The first two verses are the best known and are usually the only verses sung. They are as follows:

Far Above Cayuga's Waters
With its waves of blue,
Stands our noble Alma Mater
Glorious to view.
Lift the chorus, speed it onward,
Loud her praises tell.
Hail to thee, our Alma Mater,
Hail, all hail, Cornell!
Far Above the busy humming
Of the bustling town;
Reared against the arch of Heaven,
Looks she proudly down.
Sentry-like o'er lake and valley towers her regal form,
Watch and ward forever keeping, braving time and storm.
So through clouds of doubt and darkness gleams her beacon light,
Fault and error clear revealing, blazing forth the right.
To the glory of her founder rise her stately walls.
May her sons pay equal tribute whene'er duty calls.
When the moments, swiftly fleeting, ages roll between,
Many yet unborn shall hail her: Alma Mater, Queen!
In the music of the waters as they glide along,
In the murmur of the breezes with their whispered song,
In the tuneful chorus blending with each pealing bell,
One refrain seems oft repeated: Hail, all hail, Cornell!
Here, by flood and foaming torrent, gorge and rocky dell,
Pledge we faith and homage ever to our loved Cornell.
May time ne'er efface the memory of her natal day,
And her name and fame be honored far and wide alway!

As expected in a song that has become part of popular culture, it is the subject of parodies. Allan Sherman's "No One's Perfect," about choral clinkers, put these words to the tune: "Far above the other singers/In the treble clef/A soprano sings in E Flat/But... the song's in F." Cayuga Lake is the longest of western New Yorks glacial Finger Lakes, and is the second largest in surface area. ... The City of Ithaca (named for the Greek island of Ithaca in Homers Odyssey) sits on the southern shore of Cayuga Lake, in Central New York State. ... Allan Sherman (sometimes incorrectly Alan), November 30, 1924 - November 20, 1973, was an American musician, parodist, satirist, accordionist, and television producer. ...


  • Abbey, Edward (1988): One Life at a Time, Please. Owl Books, ISBN 0805006036
  • Herder, Ronald (1998), 500 Best-Loved Song Lyrics. Courier Dover Publications, ISBN 048629725X'
  • Smith, Betty: Joy in the Morning

External links

  • Cornell Songs - Read the more on Alma Mater history, download PDF sheet music, and listen to an mp3.
  • Sounds of the Cornell Chimes - Cornell Chimes website includes mp3s of the three daily Cornell songs (Alma Mater, Evening Song, and Jenny McGraw Rag) available for free download
  • The Borrowing of the Song
  • Cornell University Glee Club
  • Original Annie Lisle lyrics

Cornell University Crest Cornell University

Academics Download high resolution version (1600x1595, 140 KB)taken from http://www. ... Cornell redirects here. ... Cornell redirects here. ...

Undergraduate Colleges and Schools
Agriculture and Life SciencesArchitecture, Art, and PlanningArts and SciencesEngineeringHotel AdministrationHuman EcologyIndustrial and Labor Relations College of Agriculture and Life Sciences logo It has been suggested that Plant Biology at Cornell be merged into this article or section. ... The College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University was established in 1871 as the School of Architecture, offering the first four-year course of study in architecture in the United States. ... College of Arts & Sciences logo Cornell Universitys College of Arts and Sciences (A&S or CAS) has been part of the university since its founding, although its name has changed over time. ... College of Engineering logo Cornell Universitys College of Engineering was founded in 1870 as the Sibley College of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanic Arts. ... The Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, one of the endowed colleges of Cornell University, is a world-renowned school for hospitality management founded in 1922. ... The College of Human Ecology (HumEc) is a statutory college at Cornell University. ... The New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) at Cornell University was established in 1944 (first students admitted 1945) as the worlds first school for college-level study in industrial and labor relations. ...

Graduate/Professional Colleges and Schools
GraduateLawBusinessMedical:NYCMedical:QatarMedical SciencesVeterinary The Graduate School is a graduate school at Cornell University; it confers most professional and research masters degree and doctoral degrees in various fields of study for the university. ... Multi-exposure composite of Cornell Law School, September 2005 Cornell Law School, located in Ithaca, New York, is a graduate school of Cornell University. ... The S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management (JGSM) is the business school of Cornell University. ... The Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College is the medical school and biomedical research unit of Cornell University. ... The Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) was established on April 9, 2001, when Cornell University signed an agreement with the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development to bring a branch of its medical school to Education City, Qatar near the capital of Doha. ... The Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences (WGSMS) is a graduate college of Cornell University that was founded in 1952 as an academic partnership between two major medical institutions in New York City: the Weill Cornell Medical College and the Sloan-Kettering Institute. ... The New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University was founded in 1894, and is only one of two institutes of veterinary medicine in the Ivy League in the United States. ...

Athletics The Cornell Big Red is the name of the sports teams, and other competitive teams, at Cornell University. ...

Hoy FieldNewman ArenaSchoellkopf FieldLynah RinkIvy LeagueGive My Regards to Davy David F. Hoy Field, usually referred to simply as Hoy Field, is a baseball field at Cornell University where the Big Reds baseball team plays. ... Newman Arena is a 4,473-seat multi-purpose arena at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. ... Cornellians cheer on the Big Red in 1919 Schoellkopf Field is a 25,597-capacity stadium at Cornell University that opened in 1915 and is used for the Big Red football, lacrosse and field hockey teams. ... Lynah Rink is a 3,836-seat hockey arena at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, that opened in 1957. ... The Ivy League consists of eight private institutions of higher education located in the northeastern United States. ... Give My Regards to Davy is frequently sung at Cornell hockey games. ...

Campus Cornell redirects here. ...

ArboretumArecibo ObservatoryJohnson Art MuseumLibrariesOrnithology LabPlantationsSynchrotronTheory CenterPress F.R. Newman Arboretum (150 acres) is an arboretum within the Cornell Plantations, which are botanical gardens located adjacent to the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York. ... The Arecibo Observatory is located in Arecibo, Puerto Rico on the north coast of the island. ... The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art is located near the Cornell University Arts quad in Ithaca, New York. ... The Cornell University Library, the library system of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, which is composed of 20 individual libraries, is one of the largest research libraries in the United States. ... The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a laboratory dedicated to research in the field of ornithology at Cornell University. ... The Cornell Plantations (200 acres) are botanical gardens, including the F.R. Newman Arboretum, located adjacent to the Cornell University campus, Ithaca, New York. ... The Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) is a high-intensity high-energy X-ray lightsource supported by the National Science Foundation and located in Wilson Lab on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, NY. The lab provides synchrotron radiation facilities for multidiciplinary scientific research, with a particular focus on... Located at Cornell University, the Cornell Theory Center (CTC) is one of four supercomputing centers funded by the US National Science Foundation. ... Cornell University Press, established in 1869, was the first university publishing enterprise in the United States and is one of the countrys largest university presses. ...

Cornelliana Cornelliana is a broad term that can refer to anything related to Cornell Universitys unique traditions, legends, and lore. ...

University HistoryCornelliansDragon DaySlope DayChimesDairy BarFar Above Cayuga's Waters Statue of A.D. White on the Arts Quadrangle The history of Cornell University begins with the convergence of its two founders in the New York State Senate in January 1864. ... // Summary Cornellians are persons affiliated with Cornell University, commonly including alumni, current and former faculty members, students, and others. ... Dragon Day is an annual event at Cornell similar to Mardi Gras that occurs, traditionally, on the Thursday before St Patricks Day. ... A view of Libe Slope during Slope Day Slope Day is an annual day of celebration held at Cornell University during the last day of regular undergraduate classes. ... The Cornell Chimes have been located at the central campus of Cornell University, marking the hours and chiming concerts, since the original set of nine bells first rang at the University’s opening ceremonies October 7, 1868. ... The Cornell Dairy is about a 25 minute drive from campus and is home to over 900 milk producing cows. ...

Student Life Cornell redirects here. ...

Cornell Daily SunCornell ReviewCornell AmericanTurn LeftGlee ClubCayuga's WaitersChordialsClass NotesHangoversSherwoodsWVBR The Cornell Daily Sun is an independent daily newspaper published in Ithaca, New York by students at Cornell University. ... The Cornell Review is a conservative newspaper published by students of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. ... The Cornell American is an often-controversial independent student-run conservative monthly opinion newspaper at Cornell University, originally founded in 1992. ... Turn Left (sometimes refered to as TL) is an independent student-run newspaper at Cornell University. ... The Cornell University Glee Club (CUGC) is the oldest student organization at Cornell University, having been organized shortly after the first students arrived on campus in 1868. ... Cayugas Waiters is the oldest all-male a cappella group at Cornell University. ... The Chordials is a co-ed a cappella group at Cornell University, with a history of wowing crowds with their unique mix of rock, soul, R&B, and pop music. ... The Class Notes (often referred to on campus as simply The Notes), founded in 1983, are Cornell Universitys oldest active co-ed a cappella group. ... Founded in 1968, the Hangovers are the subset of the Cornell University Glee Club, the oldest student organization at Cornell University. ... Originally an a cappella subset of the Cornell University Glee Club, the Sherwoods were formed as a response to the disassociation of Cayugas Waiters. ... WVBR is a radio station that broadcasts to Ithaca, New York, and surrounding areas. ...

Residences Cornell redirects here. ...

BalchBeckerBetheCookCourt & BauerDicksonDonlonThe GothicsJAMMewsRisleySage A stairway in the Balch courtyard Balch Hall, or more accurately Balch Halls, is the only all-female dormitory at Cornell University. ... Carl Becker House or Becker House, founded in 2005, is the second of five new residential colleges at Cornell University. ... Hans Bethe House or Bethe House, set to be completed in 2007, is the third of five new residential colleges at Cornell University. ... The Crest of Alice Cook House Alice Cook House or Cook House, founded in 2004, is the first of five new residential colleges on West Campus, as part of the West Campus Residential Initiative, at Cornell University. ... Bauer Hall Court and Bauer Halls are residence halls at Cornell University, joined by an enclosed bridge on the second and third floor, and an open air walkway (weather permitting) on the fourth floor. ... A Dickson Lounge Clara Dickson Hall is a residence hall at Cornell University. ... Mary H. Donlon Hall, or Donlon Hall, is a residence hall at Cornell University. ... The Gothics, comprised of Founders Hall, Lyon Hall, McFaddin Hall, Mennen Hall, and South Baker Hall, is a group of gothic-style residence halls on the West Campus area of Cornell University. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Mews Hall Mews Hall is the newest North Campus residence hall at Cornell University. ... The Risley Coat of Arms Prudence Risley Residential College for the Creative and Performing Arts, commonly known as Risley Hall, Risley Residential College, or just Risley, is a themed residence hall at Cornell University. ... Sage Residential College, Sage College for Women, Sage College, or just Sage was the first womens residential college at Cornell University. ...

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