“DANCED THE SKIES ON LAUGHTER-SILVERED WINGS…”
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings …
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
John Gillespie Magee (c. 1922–1941), U.S.-born pilot with Royal Canadian Air Force. High Flight (written 1941).