The Ode is to be sung to the tune in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony: Ode »An die Freude« (``To Joy''), using the original rhythm.
Ampère's Law, and Gaussian pill-box,
Who was Maxwell anyway?
How I miss the laws of Newton,
Simpler things of yesterday.
I remember frames of reference,
Now I find I've gained potential,
But I've lost my energy.
They can show me, they can snow me,
They will never make me see---
Lines of force around my brain
Are looping so magnetically.
Is it left hand? Is it right hand?
I can never keep it straight.
I will never go Course Eight.
Must I spend my whole life learning
Just why E and M's so great?
I just pulled my twelfth all-nighter,
And I want to vegetate.
Will I ever have a future?
Is this all to no avail?
I can hope for graduation
Whilst I'm sheltered by Pass/Fail.