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Chapter & Verse

A correspondence corner for not-so-famous lost words

July-August 2009

Whitefoord Cole requests the name of the author and full text of the fragment “Would that I may awake from my wine-sleep, that I may begin again.”


Jonathan Bartel is still seeking Hubert Humphrey’s exact description of the vice presidency, circa late 1964 or early 1965: something to the effect of, “I now join the ranks of Hannibal Hamlin, Schuyler Colfax, Levi Morton, and Garrett Hobart….”


Karen Walton still hopes to learn why, when patients die despite the fact that their lab tests and vital signs are normal, it is said they died “in Harvard balance.” She wishes to learn the origin of the phrase.


“at the Harvard Coop” (May-June). Jonathan Bartel was the first reader to identify this snappy number (full title at right), performed by soloist and first piano Christopher B. Cerf and the Lampoon chorus, with guitarist Gordie Main and the Mainiacs, on a 1961 Vanitas Records (V-440) album, The Harvard Lampoon Tabernacle Choir Sings at Leningrad Stadium.


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