High Flight

Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee, Jr.,
412 Fighter Squadron, RCAF
Written 3 September, 1941
KIA December 11, 1941


Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter silvered wing;

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 windswept 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.

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