To Columbia7: A Tribute
For you, the valiant heirs of Prometheus,
Of Liebnitz, Kepler, and Copernicus,
We mourn our lose but celebrate the cause
That cost the ultimate measure of your
Devotion, proclaimed in blazing glory,
And sealed your rendezvous with Destiny.
In votive gratitude and homage pledge
To keep your torch aflame and let endure
Ages of unbegot posterity.
So every fragment that your ship had strewn
Would our ambitions amply leverage
And claim your vintage courage as our own:
All wholesome sacrifice to Liberty
The ransom price for immortality!