Sea Fever - John Masefield (Powerful Life Poetry)

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Read by James Smillie
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John Masefield was an English seaman, writer and Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1930 to 1967.

Here in his most treasured poem, the former sailor reminisces about his times at sea as he yearns to break out of his present situation and return to the adventurous life he once led.
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Full Poem:

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 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 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.

John Masefield (1878 - 1967)

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