Ten Thousand Strong

Oberlin, Our Alma Mater (better known by its opening words Ten Thousand Strong) is the official song of Oberlin college. Written in 1913, "Ten Thousand Strong" was officially accepted by the college in 1928 to avoid embarrassment at intercollegiate events when the traditional mock song was sung. It was not composed by an alumnus, but by Jason Noble Pierce (1880-1948), a graduate of Amherst College who wrote their fight song and several books on Christian theology.

Lyrics

Ten thousand strong sing we a song, Oberlin, to thee;
Oh, worthy are thou of fame!
In lands afar shineth thy star, setting bondmen free;
Beloved is thy glorious name. (2x)
Alma Mater, Alma Mater,
Hail to thee, Oberlin, honored Mother!
(Chorus:)
Old Oberlin forever, our Alma Mater dear,
We crown thee "fairest college," thy name we love to hear,
Long reign in royal splendor, Our hearts shall be thy throne!
Old Oberlin, brave Mother, Thou reignest alone!
Yon ivied walls forming thy halls, Beautiful to see,
Are loved over many a land,
There age and youth seeking the truth, Prizing liberty
For learning and labor stand. (2x)
Alma Mater, Alma Mater,
Hail to thee, Oberlin, honored Mother!
(Chorus)
Ye colors old, crimson and gold, Kissed by gentle wind,
In victory float on high,
Or should thy form wrestle with storm, Then thy foe will find
We'll conquer for thee or die! (2x)
Alma Mater, Alma Mater,
Hail to thee, Oberlin, honored Mother!
(Chorus)

(Copied from Songs of Oberlin, Sesquicentennial Edition, a 1983 reprint of the 1905 college songbook and its subsequent supplements.)

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