O Captain! My Captain!

Walt Whitman 1819 (West Hills) – 1892 (Camden)


  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; 10
  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; 20
  Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
  But I, with mournful tread,
  Walk the deck my Captain lies,
  Fallen cold and dead.

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