Alma Mater

Football players show school spirit

History

The Texas State school song, named "Alma Mater," was written by Jessie Sayers in the early 1900s to the tune of "Ancient of Days," a hymn written in 1886 by J. Albert Jeffery.

Sayers was one of the first Texas State professors and sister of Texas Gov. Joseph Sayers.

The song's words harken back to the golden era of school tributes. The song paints a classical and idyllic portrait of the hilly campus above the San Marcos River.

At the end of an athletic event — win or lose — students come together and sing the first and last verses.

Traditional Alma Mater

O, Alma Mater, set upon the green hills,
With turrets pointing upward to the sky;
We yield to thee our love and our devotion;
Mother of hopes and aspirations high.
 
Thy spirit urges us to deeds of valor,
Raising the fallen, cheering the oppressed;
Thy call will echo clearly down the ages.
Dear Alma Mater, mother loved and blessed

Alma Mater art piece

Complete Alma Mater

O, Alma Mater, set upon the green hills,
With turrets pointing upward to the sky;
We yield to thee our love and our devotion;
Mother of hopes and aspirations high.
 
Thy feet are laved by pure and limpid waters,
Fair river flowing gently to the sea;
Thy hills are crowned with ancient oak and laurel
Fit emblems they of strength and victory.
 
Thy walls can tell of struggles and temptations,
Hard honest toil, and eager restless strife;
Hopes, smiles and tears, and radiant youthful friendships,
And all that makes for brave and earnest life.
 
Dear mother, ours, should effort be successful,
Ambitions crowned with glory or renown,
We turn to thee with reverence and affection,
Thine is the conquest, thine the victor's crown.
 
Thy spirit urges us to deeds of valor,
Raising the fallen, cheering the oppressed;
Thy call will echo clearly down the ages.
Dear Alma Mater, mother loved and blessed