Mather Sun Dial, The,

Mather Sun Dial, The, in the court of McCosh Hall, is a replica of the historic Turnbull Sun Dial constructed in 1551 at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. It was given by Sir William Mather, governor of Victoria University, Manchester, England, to ``symbolize the connection between Oxford and Princeton [and] . . . Great Britain and America,'' and was unveiled on his behalf by Viscount James Bryce, then British ambassador to the United States, in 1907. The monumental shaft, rising from a broad base to a height of more than twenty feet, is topped by a pelican, religious symbol of Corpus Christi. Inscribed around the base are these words from Samuel Butler's Hudibras:

``Loyalty is e'er the same
Whether it win or lose the game
True as the dial to the sun
Although it be not shined upon.''

From Alexander Leitch, A Princeton Companion, copyright Princeton University Press (1978).

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