Emblem of the College
The emblem of the college is a graphic representation of the philosophy of the college. The hand at the top of the college emblem has three fingers raised in blessing. The anchor signifies firmness, something on which to rely in times of storm. The upper part of the anchor takes the form of a cross.
The Latin motto, ‘In hoc signo', is traced to an important event in the life of Constantine the great (AD 274-337), the first Christian emperor of Rome. Before an important battle he saw a cross shining in the sky, and these words: "in hoc signo vinces..." with this on your banner, you will win!
(from the following great poem of James Russell Lowell)
STANZAS ON FREEDOM
James Russell Lowell
Man! Whose boast it is that ye come of fathers brave and free,
If there breathe on earth a slave,
Are ye truly free and brave?
If ye do not feel the chain,
When it works a brother's pain,
Are ye not base slaves indeed, Slaves unworthy to be freed?
Women! Who shall one day bear
Sons to breathe New England (India?) air,
if ye hear, without blush,
Deeds to make the roused blood rush
like red lava through your veins,
For your sisters now in chains-- Answer!
Are ye fit to be Mother of the brave and free?
Is true freedom but to break
Fetters for our own dear sake,
And, with leathern hearts, forget
That we owe mankind a debt?
No! True freedom is to share
All the chains our brothers wear,
And, with heart and hand, to be
Earnest to make others free!
They are slaves who fear to speak
For the fallen and the weak;
They are slaves who will not choose
Hatred, scoffing, and abuse,
Rather than in silence shrink
From the truth they needs must think;
They are slaves who dare not be
In the right with two or three.