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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 18. September 20, 1939

Et Decorum Est

Et Decorum Est

And fathers to their firstborn sons
Said come you here unworthy ones
In College offices we see not
Your names emblazoned.
Before suns rise forlorn on yet other darkened days
Awake your weary languid minds from stupor
Replace with your uninitiated counsel
The wisdom of your College Council
Let College magazine and paper
Fill its pages with your childish patter
Lower standards . . . what does it matter.
A right Divine there is of those
Who privileged go the full-time way.
You know the ways of life embittered
In the big and bad and nasty
World of business.
Yours are the sweets of administrative feats
Yours in experience.
You are favoured children as those of Israel.
Take that which impassioned reason
Proves is yours If
You can persuade the educated masses
That essentials of service
Are learned in dally classes.