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HIGH FLIGHT
by John Gillespie Magee
September 03, 1941
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Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee was serving in the 412 Squadron,
Royal Canadian Air Force, at RAF Wellingore in Lincolnshire when he
was killed in a flying accident in December 1941, aged 19 years

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward Iíve 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. Hovíring there,
Iíve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of airÖ 

Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
Iíve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew ó
And, while with silent, lifting mind Iíve trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.