The Bronco, Yearbook of Hardin-Simmons University, 1935 Page: 19
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Man Must Live His Life
(Senior Class Poem of 1935)
Fate has decreed since time began
That everything in its state must pass away.
Each humble sentinel of nature, including man
Must live its life complete to pass to realms of death.
Happily, man is given consolation
In the deaths of the children of Nature,
For there is an assurance of their transformation
Into a life more glorious than before.
Commencement is a death to a portion of our life.
Though sad, it is surely like a parting in nature,
For as it ends a pleasant period of strife
It gives promise of a glorious life to come.
In parting we leave behind us friends whose trust
We would not lose, and memories too sacred to forget;
But our hearts are filled with joy to think that we must
Fill our various places and taste of real life after saying
-WILLIAM EARL RAGSDALE.
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