O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!

                                                                            WALT WHITMAN  (1819-1892)

 

O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,

The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is

won,

The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,

While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and

daring;

              But O heart! heart! heart!

                     O the bleeding drops of red,

                            Where on the deck my Captain lies,

                                   Fallen cold and dead.

 

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;

Rise up - for you the flag is flung - for you the bugle

       trills,

For you bouquets and ribbon'd wreaths-for you the

       shores a-crowding,

For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces

       turning;

              Here Captain! dear father!

                     This arm beneath your head!

                                   It is some dream that on the deck,

                                          You've fallen cold and dead.

 

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,

My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,

The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and

       done,

From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object

       won:

              Exult O shores, and ring O bells!

                     But I with mournful tread,

                            Walk the deck my Captain lies,

                                   Fallen cold and dead.