- We Hail Thee Carolina
"We Hail Thee Carolina" is the
alma materof the University of South Carolina. It was adopted by the University in 1912 and is sung by alumni at Gamecock athletic events.
"The Gamecock" reported in its March 1911 issue that very little progress had been made on the alma mater for the University despite a reward of $50 by the faculty. English professor, George A. Wauchope, took it upon himself and wrote the lyrics for the alma mater in 1911 set to the tune "Flow Gently, Sweet Afton" by
Robert Burns. Other songs were written and sung, but Wauchope's song proved to be the most popular and it was adopted by the University in 1912. [ [http://registrar.sc.edu/html/graduation/tradition.stm#ALMAMATER USC: Office of the University Registrar: A University Tradition ] ]
The tradition has developed that alumni raise their right fist in the shape of a cup for the phrase "Here's A Health, Carolina" as if offering a toast. [ [http://www.sc.edu/usc/almamater.html USC: Alma Mater ] ]
:"We hail thee, Carolina, and sing thy high praise:"With loyal devotion, remembering the days:"When proudly we sought thee, thy children to be::"Here's a health, Carolina, forever to thee!
(Only the first verse is sung or played.)
:"Since pilgrims of learning, we entered thy walls:"And found dearest comrades in thy classic halls:"We've honored and loved thee as sons faithfully;:"Here's a health, Carolina, forever to thee!
:"Generations of sons have rejoiced to proclaim:"Thy watchword of service, thy beauty and fame;:"For ages to come shall their rallying cry be::"Here's a health, Carolina, forever to thee!
:"Fair shrine of high honor and truth, thou shalt still:"Blaze forth as a beacon, thy mission fulfill,:"And crowned by all hearts in a new jubilee::"Here's a health, Carolina, forever to thee!
* [http://www.sc.edu/usc/almamater.html University of South Carolina Alma Mater Lyrics]
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