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Graduation Wishes   Leave a comment

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Above:  Graduation, Randolph Henry High School, Keysville, Virginia, 1943

Image Source = LIbrary of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8d31295/)

Reproduction Number = LC-USW3-033328-E

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

This poem seems to be related to the previous one:  https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/farewell-to-the-seniors/.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 9, 2013 COMMON ERA

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As life’s ship its anchor casts

In the port it has reached at last,

After the work of eleven years,

Your High School graduation nears.

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So at this time, dearest friend,

I pause a moment, before the end

Of your High School career

To say a word of hope and cheer.

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May your life-ship smoothly sail,

Never meet an angry gale;

May you be free from care and strife,

May you have a fruitful life.

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May God keep you all the way–

May you never from Him stray,

Then, some happy day, draw nigh

To meet with joy again–on high.

RANDOLPH WINBURN BARRETT

MAY 24, 1930 COMMON ERA

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Farewell to the Seniors   1 comment

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Above:  Graduation, Randolph Henry High School, Keysville, Virginia, 1943

Image Source = LIbrary of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8d31345/)

Reproduction Number = LC-USW3-033377-E

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

My granduncle’s inscription on this poem is:

May 1930, C.H.S.

My admittedly circumstantial conclusion is that “C.H.S.” is Commerce HIgh School, Commerce, Georgia.  My great-grandfather, George Washington Barrett, as the pastor of Commerce First Methodist Church from November 1929 to November 1931.  And my grandmother, Nell Barrett Taylor, was fifteen years old in May 1930.  Thus she was the proper age to be a rising Senior at the time, before public high schools in Georgia added the Twelfth Grade.  Randolph was about twenty-five years at the time, so he wrote the poem in the voice of a rising senior, not from his own perspective.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 9, 2013 COMMON ERA

Amended August 20, 2013 Common Era

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Hail to you, our Seniors, school-mates, friends–

We Juniors our tribute to you bring–

Tho’ you may be scattered to earth’s ends,

Our mem’ry with love to you will cling.

Chorus:

Farewell to you, oh Seniors all,

Rich blessings rest upon each one of you;

Farewell to you, oh Seniors all,

Farewell! Farewell! To you!

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Seniors dear, in vain we’ll seek you here,

We will miss your laughter gay and free;

We have loved your comradeship this year,

Thoughts of you will ever treasured be.

Chorus

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Seniors dear, in all the coming years,

May your lives be filled with joy and love;

May God’s blessings quiet all your fears,

May we meet in that glorious home abode.

Chorus

RANDOLPH WINBURN BARRETT

MAY 1930 COMMON ERA

C.H.S.