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Skariff2 67M
4362 posts
8/1/2020 9:33 am
Philosophy at its best

Thou, too, sail on, O Ship of State!
Sail on, O Union, strong and great!
Humanity with all its fears
With all the hopes of future ,
Is hanging breathless on the fate!
We know what Master laid the keel,
What Workmen wrought thy ribs of steel,
Who made each mast, and sail, and rope,
What anvils rang, what hammers beat,
In what forge and what a heat
Were shaped the anchors of thy hope!
Fear not each sudden sound and shock,
'Tis of the wave and not the rock;
'Tis but the flapping of the sail,
And not a rent made by the gale!
In spite of rock and tempest's roar,
In spite of false lights on the shore,
Sail on, nor fear breast the sea!
Our hearts, our hopes, are all with thee,
Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers, our tears,
Our faith triumphant o'er our fears,
Are all with thee, - are all with thee!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

This poem is titled "The Republic" because the phrase "ship of state" comes from The Republic" by Plato. Longfellow wrote this having been inspired by the philosophy and ethics exhibited by Plato in his wor "Ship of State" refers the dearth of people qualified become the captain of the ship of state and is amply demonstrated by our current president, making this a timely and important concept.

Prejudice cannot be conquered with logic, logic didn't instill it and logic cannot eradicate it.

Skariff2 67M
3017 posts
8/1/2020 9:33 am


Prejudice cannot be conquered with logic, logic didn't instill it and logic cannot eradicate it.

earthytaurus3 80F
42345 posts
8/1/2020 11:51 am

Quite apt. Thank you.

bijou649 71F
1507 posts
8/1/2020 1:39 pm

I think the current Ship of State is up sh*it creek without a paddle.

sparkleflit 72F
6493 posts
8/1/2020 4:01 pm

A serious case of Luffing can cause a lot of damage to the ship.....

lilium5 70F
2570 posts
8/2/2020 4:47 am

A stirring poem. It was interesting to read the first five lines were quoted by both Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D Roosevelt at perhaps the two most perilous moments in American history. America seems to have teetered towards such a moment again with an urgent need for a steady hand at the helm as you suggest.