"a steadfastness as noble as that of the young Casabianca"

Casabianca is a young boy from a poem of the same name, written by Felicia Heman and published in 1826. The famous first line is: “The boy stood on the burning deck…” In the poem, Casabianca refuses to abandon his post without orders from his father. Unfortunately, his father is dead below and cannot tell his son to flee the burning ship:

 

A ship in a storm, James E. Buttersworth, 19th century
Public DomainA ship in a storm, James E. Buttersworth, 19th century - Credit: wikimedia commons

Yet beautiful and bright he stood,

As born to rule the storm;

A creature of heroic blood,

A proud, though childlike form.

 

The flames rolled on—he would not go

Without his Father's word;

That father, faint in death below,

His voice no longer heard.