USS CONSTITUTION SONNET 1797
What kind of man would choose to go to sea,
Take up a life unknown to him before,
Endangered by the perils that might be
And sacrifice his life to gods of war?
What kind of captains knows the risks he takes,
Assumes command, responsible for all,
His leadership, his trust, his ship at stake,
His courage shown to men who heed the call?
What kind of ship can serve, protect these men,
Built strong from things grown from the living land,
From howling winds or thundering seas, or when
Her country's fate lays in her charges' hands?
A ship will live when people know her worth.
And so she lives because of noble birth.