HIGH FLIGHT

John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds, --and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of --Wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there

I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air...


Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue

I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace

Where never lark or even eagle flew --

And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.



John Gillespie Magee, Jr. was an Anglo-American aviator and poet who served in the Royal Canadian Air Force which he joined before the United States entered the war.  He died in a mid-air collision over Lincolnshire in 1941


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John Herschel Glenn Jr.

July 18,1921 - December 8, 2016