Favorite Alpha Poems
"HOUSE OF ALPHA"
By Bro. Sydney P. Brown
THE MONARCH OF THIS HOUSE, MEN
UNACQUAINTED, ENTER, SHAKE HANDS, EXCHANGE
GREETINGS AND DEPART FRIENDS.
AMONG ALL WHO ABIDE WITHIN.
I AM THE EMINENT
EXPRESSION OF FRIENDSHIP. CHARACTER AND
TEMPERAMENT CHANGE UNDER MY DOMINANT POWER.
LIVES ONCE TOUCHED BY ME BECOME TUNED AND ARE
THEREAFTER AMIABLE, KINDLY, FRATERNAL.
INSPIRE THE MUSICIAN TO PLAY NOBLE SENTIMENTS AND
ASSIST THE CHEMIST TO CONVERT UNGENEROUS
PERSONALITIES INTO INDIVIDUALS OF GREAT WORTH.
I DESTROY ALL IGNOBLE IMPULSES.
CONSTANTLY INVOKE PRINCIPLES WHICH MAKE FOR COMMON BROTHERHOOD
AND THE ECHO RESOUNDS IN ALL COMMUNITIES AND
PRINCELY MEN ARE THEREBY RECOGNIZED.
EDUCATION, HEALTH, MUSIC,
ENCOURAGEMENT, SYMPATHY, LAUGHTER,
ALL THESE ARE SPECIES OF INTEREST GIVEN OF SELF
MOMENTS FIND ME A DELIGHTFUL TREAT, HOURS OF
SORROW, A SHRINE OF UNDERSTANDING, AT ALL TIMES I AM
FAITHFUL TO THE CREED OF COMPANIONSHIP.
TO A FEW, I AM THE CASTLE OF
DREAMS, AMBITIOUS, SUCCESSFUL,
HOPEFUL DREAMS. TO MANY, I AM THE POETIC PALACE
WHERE HUMAN FEELING IS RHYMED TO CELESTIAL
MOTIVES; TO THE GREAT MAJORITY, I AM THE TREASURY OF
IN FACT, I AM THE COLLEGE OF
UNIVERSITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE; THE SCHOOL FOR THE
BETTER MAKING OF MEN.
I AM ALPHA PHI ALPHA!!!
by William Ernest Henly
Out of the night
that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my conquerable soul.
In the fell clutch
I have not winched nor cried aloud
Under the bludgeoning of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond the place
of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishment the scroll,
I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.
"Test of a Man"
The Test of
a man is the fight that he makes.
The Grit that he daily shows.
The way he stands upon his feet.
And takes life's numerous bumps and blows.
When there's naught to fear.
And nothing his progress bars.
But it takes a man to stand and cheer.
While the other fellow stars.
It isn't the victory after all.
But the fight that a brother makes.
A man, when driven against the wall,
Still takes the blows of fate.
head held high.
Bleeding, bruised, and pale,
Is the man who will win and fate defied.
For he isn't afraid to fail!
"THE MAN WHO THINKS HE CAN"
think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you'd like to win, but think you can't
It's almost a cinch you won't.
If you think you'll lose, you've lost,
For out in the world we find
Success beings with a fellow's will;
It's all in the state of mind.
think you're outclassed, you are:
You've got to think high to rise.
You've got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.
by Rudyard Kipling
If you can
keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
And make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good nor talk too wise,
If you can
dream--and not make dreams your master;
If you can think-- and not make make thoughts your aim
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build them up with worn-out tools;
If your can
make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
An so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds worth of distance run;
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my Son!!!
'Esprit de Fraternite'
By Charles H. Garvin
An Alpha Phi Alpha man's attitude should not be "how much can I derive from the Fraternity?" but "how much can I do for the Fraternity?" In proportion to what he does for his Chapter and for Alpha Phi Alpha will a member receive lasting benefits from the Fraternity to himself in the way of self-development by duty well done, and the respect of the Brothers well served.
A member's duties should
1. Prompt payment of all financial obligations, the prime requisite for successful fraternal life.
2. The doing of good scholastic work in his chosen vocation, thereby accomplishing the real end of a college course.
3. The reasonable endeavor to participate in general college activities and social service and to excel therin.
4. The proper consideration of all things with appropriate attention to the high moral standard of Alpha Phi Alpha.