"Like so many other institutional or national songs, 'Ode to Old Union'
was set to the music of a popular song of the day, a drinking ditty
called 'Sparkling and Bright.'"
SOURCE: "Union's 'Alma Mater' Song 100 Years Old This Spring" Union
College News Release, 9 Apr. 1956, p. 2
"Preëminent among [Union songs] is 'The Song to Old Union'... which
was written by Fitzhugh Ludlow, of the class of '56, at the close of his
Senior year, upon the request of Dr. Nott. It is said that after writing
it, late at night, he was so dissatisfied with it that he threw the
manuscript into the waste paper basket. It was rescued, however, by his
roommate, who showed it to Dr. Nott with the result that it was printed
and sung at the commencement of 1856; and from that day to this it has
brought the exercises of each commencement to an inspiring close."
SOURCE: Raymond, Andrew Van Vranken Union University: Its History,
Influence, Characteristics and Equipment New York: Lewis Publishing
Co., 1907 (3 vols.) p. 514.
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