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CASABIANCA
(The Boy stood on the Burning Deck)

By
Felicia Hemans
1793 - 1835


This poem, Casabianca . . . also known as, The Boy stood on the Burning Deck . . . is based on an incident during the war with Napoleon.

In the Battle of the Nile  in 1798, one of Napoleon's ships, L'Orient, was attacked at about 9 o'clock in the evening. The ship caught fire and  exploded an hour later.  Giocante Casabianca, a twelve-year-old son of the ship's Commander, had stayed at his post aboard the flaming ship.

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