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Dr.Ralph W.E. Cox Jr. 1914 - 2012

                         High Flight


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 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.