SchooI Song - CARMEN ILICIS

Music :- Edward H. Taylor, L.R.A.M.

Words :- Alan W. Goodfellow, M.A.

With special thanks to ANGELA PERKINS (nee WILKINSON) 1959-64
                                      CHRIS WADE 1970-77 for the music file

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The Oak, the Ash, the bonny Ivy tree
Are known in story, famed in song ;
But we who know thee, certain are
That, search the woodland near or far,
Ye ne'er will find, tho' seek ye long,
A bush so worthy song or eulogy
As Centre's Holly - ever green.

Semper discamus  ...............................  Ever let us learn
Ut doceamus  .......................................  So that we may teach
Nil nisi verum, nil nisi verum.  ...........  Nothing save the truth
Sive docemur,  .....................................  Pupil or
Sive docemus,  ....................................  Teacher
Vitam degamus  ...................................  Let us live our lives
Ut maneamus  ......................................  That we may remain
Omnes amici, omnes amici ! ..............  In friendship together

No stately mansion holds thee 'neath her tow'rs' ;
No flow'rs for thee their fragrance shed
Nor birds exchant with minstrelsy ;
No silvern stream encircles thee,
No trees their shady verdure spread ;
But we who know thee, love thee, School of ours,
And know thee worthy all we give.

By thee we first were gently taught to heed
The quiet voice the Muses use
To those who search in questing Youth,
For Beauty, Knowledge and for Truth.
Thy place in Mem'ry ne'er shalt lose :
Thy inspiration evermore shall lead
To noble labours, nobly done.

In College, Hall and - maybe - 'Varsity,
In stranger, wider circumstance ;
When, too, we teach in after years,
We'll find thro' all our hopes and fears
The name of Centre there, perchance -
As one may find empress'd in Memory,
A Holly Leaf -  an ever-green.

The following verse was originally verse 3 but because of references to
High Storrs playing fields and  the SPTC uniform and badge it was altered
but later appears to have been dropped during the City Grammar era.
------------- Alan Lomax

ORIGINAL VERSION :-

We grow to know thee in that first long year,
When all thy rules in turn we break ;
But when are gone our tiny woes,
In Games - as every student knows -
At High Storrs Field a pride we take ;
We proudly wear grey overalls, and fear
The day we doff our lion badge.

ALTERED VERSION :-

We grow to know thee in that first long year,
When all thy rules in turn we break ;
But when are gone our tiny woes,
In "Houses" then our interest grows :
In games a fierce delight we take ;
For "House" and School we grimly persevere
To win a shield - and play the game.

Further slight alterations have appeared over the years :-

exchant :- has become "enchant"

minstrelsy :- has become "ministry"

maybe - 'Varsity, :- has become "University"