Old Nassau

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Old Nassau
by Harlan Page Peck
Old Nassau has been Princeton University's alma mater since 1859, with words by then-freshman Harlan Page Peck and music by Karl A. Langlotz. The lyrics were later changed in 1987 to reflect the admission of women to Princeton, which began in 1969. Current performance tradition alters the first line of the final chorus to "Long Life to Old Nassau we sing" and the first and last instance of "long life" are shouted, not sung.

The words of the first verse are:

Tune every heart and every voice,
Bid every care withdraw;
Let all with one accord rejoice,
In praise of Old Nassau.
In praise of Old Nassau we sing,
Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah!
Our hearts will give while we shall live,
Three cheers for Old Nassau.

The words of the other three verses are as follows:

Let music rule the fleeting hour,
Her mantle round us draw
And thrill each heart with all her power,
In praise of Old Nassau.
CHORUS
And when these walls in dust are laid,
With reverence and awe,
Another throng shall breathe our song,
In praise of Old Nassau.
CHORUS
Till then with joy our songs we'll bring,
And while a breath we draw,
We'll all unite to shout and sing,
Long life to Old Nassau.
FINAL CHORUS
In praise of Old Nassau we sing,
Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah!
Our hearts will give while we shall live,
Long Life to Old Nassau.
This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.