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Sea Fever By John Masefield

As you read this poem about the beauty of sailing the ocean, imagine the smell of the salt air, the wind on your face and the movement of the waves as you sail towards your destiny.

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Sea Fever

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

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  • by Shikha
  • 5 months ago

A girl who has always dream to fly is still in bondage of customs of society. She is slave. She has a lot to do for the world.

  • by Daphne Stannard, Tacoma
  • 2 years ago

The first few words of 'Sea Fever' were in a newspaper quiz that my daughter and I tackle each day. She was amazed that I could complete the first line (but I couldn't remember the authors name). I knew the words because when I would ask my mother, "Can we go to the beach?" she would reply, "I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky..."

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