One Flag Above All The Rest

"Flaunt out O sea your separate flags of nations!Flaunt out visible as ever the various ship-signals!But do you reserve especially for yourself and for the soul of man one flag above all the rest,A spiritual woven signal for all nations, emblem of man elate above death,Token of all brave captains and all intrepid sailors and mates,And all that went down doing their duty,Reminiscent of them, twined from all intrepid captains young or old,A pennant universal, subtly waving all time, o'er all brave sailors,All seas, all ships."Walt Whitman

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