The Honors of Honor

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    The University of Virginia writes her highest degree on the souls of her sons. The parchment page of scholarship-the colored ribbon of a society-the jeweled emblem of a fraternity-the orange symbol of athletic prowess-all these, a year hence, will be at the best mementos of happy hours-like the withered flower a woman presses between the pages of a book for sentiment's sake.

    But...

    If you live a long, long time, and hold honesty of conscience above honesty of purse:

    And turn aside without ostentation to aid the weak;

    And treasure ideals more than raw ambition;

    And track no man to his undeserved hurt;

    And pursue no woman to her tears;

    And love the beauty of noble music and mist-veiled mountains and blossoming valleys and great monuments-

    If you live a long time and, keeping the faith in all these things hour by hour, still see that the sun gilds your path with real gold and that the moon floats in dream silver;

    Then...

    Remembering the purple shadows of the lawn, the majesty of the colonnades, and the dream of your youth, you may say in reverence and thankfulness:

    "I have worn the honors of Honor, I graduated from Virginia"

    The Honor Men by James Hay, Jr.

    ` ®© ROBERTO CARBONI, snickersbaxton, and 4 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. ` ®© ROBERTO CARBONI 72 months ago | reply

      really trully colors congrats

    2. Singing With Light 72 months ago | reply

      wonderful details and colors, great Bokeh

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    3. DeHoll 72 months ago | reply

      Very nice... Congrats to you

    4. Rana___ 72 months ago | reply

      excellent shot

    5. inkyblack 71 months ago | reply

      very cool!!!

      happy bokeh wednesday to you!!!

    6. E&C Photos 71 months ago | reply

      Interesting abstract. HBW :)

    7. Chris Callanta [deleted] 71 months ago | reply

      Congratulations! My baby sister graduated from UVA in 1997.


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