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 sail's shaking,

And a gray mist on the sea's face

and a gray 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 a quiet sleep and a sweet dream, when the long trick's over.

- John Masefield "Sea Fever"

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