The Yellow and The Green


The Yellow and The Green

"The Yellow and The Green" is the Alma Mater of North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota. "The Yellow and The Green" was written by a young North Dakota Agricultural College (now known as North Dakota State University) faculty member, Archibald E. Minard, in 1908.cite web |url=http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/instruct/isern/yellow.htm |title=The Yellow and the Green |accessdate=2007-08-03 |format= |author=Tom Isern (Professor of History — North Dakota State University)|publisher=North Dakota State University ] [cite web |url=http://www.lib.ndsu.nodak.edu/archives/recordsandpapers/rg11/2-2.htm |title=Archibald Ellsworth Minard Records |accessdate=2007-08-03 |format= |publisher=North Dakota State University ] Minard later took the lyrics to Dr. Clarence S. Putnam, a fellow NDAC professor, to develop a musical setting for the lyrics. [cite web |url=http://www.lib.ndsu.nodak.edu/ndirs/collections/manuscripts/lit&music/CSPutnam/index.html |title=Clarence S. Putnam Records |accessdate=2007-08-03 |format= |publisher=North Dakota State University ] Minard hoped that the song would become the official song of of the state of North Dakota. Instead, that designation went to another song for which Putnam composed the music, the "North Dakota Hymn".

Lyrics

"Lyrics composed in 1908"

:Ho! a cheer for Green and Yellow,:Up with Yellow and the Green;:They’re the shades that deck our prairies:Far and wide with glorious sheen,:Fields of waving green in springtime,:Golden yellow in the fall—:How the great high-arching heaven:Looks and laughs upon it all!

:Here in autumn throng the nations,:Just to gather in the spoil,:Throng on freight-cars from the cities,:Some to feast and some to toil,:Then the yellow grain flows eastward:And the yellow gold flows back;:Barren cities boast their plenty:And the prairies know no lack.

:Hushed upon the boundless prairies:Is the bison’s thund’ring tread,:And the red man passes with him:On his spoilers’ bounty fed.:But the Norse, the Celt and Saxon:With their herd increase, and find:Mid these fields of green and yellow:Plenty e’en for all mankind.

:Ho! a cheer for Green and Yellow,:Up with Yellow and the Green;:They’re the shades that deck our prairies:Far and wide with glorious sheen,:Fields of waving green in springtime,:Golden yellow in the fall—:How the great high-arching heaven:Looks and laughs upon it all!

Notes

External links

* [http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/instruct/isern/yellow.htm A brief history of "The Yellow and the Green" — Tom Isern (Professor of History, NDSU)]
* [http://www.ndsualumnicenter.com/alumniassociation/bisonpride/Score%20for%20The%20Yellow%20and%20The%20Green.pdf "The Yellow and The Green" score]
* [http://www.ndsualumnicenter.com/alumniassociation/bisonpride/The%20Yellow%20and%20The%20Green.wav "The Yellow and The Green" audio recording]


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