"HIGH FLIGHT"

"On Laughter Silvered Wings"

BY KEITH FERRIS

L/E of 750. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Print Size: 24" x 18"

L/E Price: $130


Inspired by the world renowned aviator's poem by young Canadian pilot John Gillespie Magee, this painting portrays the joy of flight epitomized in his poem "HIGH FLIGHT". Magee dances among the clouds "On Laughter Silvered Wings" in the Spitfire in which he died on December 11, 1941 at Tangmere, England.

The words to the poem:

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I have climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a 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 windswept 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.