Vergil to College Freshmen
The Classical Journal
Vergil to college freshmen is a deep river to cross, a river that they approach with hesitant steps. Truly we cannot flatter ourselves that students, like the shades in the Aeneid near the river, stretch forth their hand3 with a great love for the farther shore; nor can we say that they are as many "as the leaves of the forest that at autumn's first frost dropping fall."2 I should be unfair to you, my colleagues, and to myself, if I pressed the analogy of the scene further and spoke of the stern ferryman waiting to assist them across the river.
Hankins, Kathryn, "Vergil to College Freshmen" (1944). Faculty Scholarship. 401.