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.



RCAF Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee
was serving on 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

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