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:
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.