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“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.”

Poem, “Sea Fever” (1902), by English Poet Laureate John Masefield (1878-1967).
Sea Fever was my favorite poem from ages 10-12.

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  1. Really nice!!!

  2. Beautiful, Eowyn! I remember that poem from English Literature.

  3. To walk in your neighborhood brings a recharge to my soul.

  4. “The Sea is as Deep in a Calm as in a Storm….”
    from a sermon by John Donne

  5. Eowyn…thanks,so much, I hadn’t read that…I was going through a classical phase back then….always good to broaden ones horizons.
    Really makes me long to get out on the water,sigh. Well, thanks to you I was able to take a wee armchair voyage.
    Joseph: It’s many a moon since I read John Donne.I’ll be looking this one up….as well as John Masefield’s other works.I just love this interwebs thing,lol’s

  6. Thanks, Eowyn. That was exactly what I needed, today. Breathing a little easier now.

  7. 🙂 BEAUTIFUL 🙂


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