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O Captain! My Captain! - By Walt Whitman - Audio

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O Captain!  My Captain!
By Walt Whitman

President Abraham Lincoln enjoyed reading the poetry of Walt Whitman (1819-1892), an American writer.  After Lincoln's assassination, Whitman composed a poem about the President's death.

The text of the famous work - O Captain!  My Captain! - is provided hereafter, so you can follow along while listening to Carole Bos - creator of Awesome Stories - reading the poem.

O Captain!  my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weathered 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 ribboned 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 anchored 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.

 

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"O Captain!  My Captain!" - by Walt Whitman - read by Carole Bos.

 

 

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