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John Masefield

(1878 - 1967)

John Masefield

Sea Fever

I must go down to the seas again,
to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship,
and a star to steer her by ;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song
and the white sails shaking,
And the grey mist on the sea’s face,
and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again,
for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call
that may not be denied ;
And all I ask is a windy day
with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume,
and the seagulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again,
to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way
where the wind’s like a whetted knife ;
And all I ask is a merry yarn
from a laughing fellow rover
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream
when the long trick’s over.