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Sea-Fever by John Masefleld


by John Masefleld 

I must go down to the sea 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 sail's shaking, 

And a 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 sea-gulls crying. 

I must go down to the sea 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.