Poking around Baylor this afternoon, I found myself on a long shaded pathway in the older part of campus. Swings hung from the trees along the edge and rose bushes stirred in the breeze. At the end towered Pat Neff Hall with its gold-domed bell tower. As I approached, the massive bells awakened, swung, and chimed several tones. When they stopped, I could still hear sound waves alive in the bells. They thrilled and shivered, then finally fell into silence.

At the opposite end of the square I discovered the Armstrong Browning Library, devoted to research on Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Up at the top of marble steps stood a heavy bronze door. It contained ten panels, each of which illustrated a poem. Etched above the door were these words from Sordello:

“Would you have your songs endure?

Build on the human heart!”