USS Constitution Sonnet 1797


To be of noble birth I ne'er have spoke.
Of persons I have known I cannot tell.
But rather things of copper, pine and oak,
And iron, of course, I know these very well.
A ship is built,is launched, is sailed, God Speed,
That needs of those who trust may be fulfilled.
And men, all brave in every word and deed,
Full measure g'ven when precious blood is spilled.
Through war and peace, passed time and tide, we sigh
And wonder still as those who'very gone before,
Why keep her fit, why fly her flag on high,
Unfurl her canvas, let her cannons roar?

A ship will live when people know her worth.
And so she lives because of noble birth.

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