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"I Must Go down to the Sea "(John Masefield)

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I MUST GO DOWN TO THE SEA,AGAIN. (John Masefield)

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.

 

I learned this poem as a child-it was included in most anthologies of Childrens poetry-usually with a picture of a boy,dressed like the young "Horatio Hornblower" staring wistfully out towards his model boat...

 

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