"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

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 grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

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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.

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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.


“Sea Fever” by John Masefield.

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9 responses

  1. Eternity beckons so serenely … what a most marvelous sight.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:38 pm

  2. I get Sea Fever on the brain at the drop of a crochet – but in a nice way. The boys both sang it.

    February 8, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    • The John Ireland version?

      February 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm

  3. Yes. I’m not a natural soprano.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    • But I am!

      February 9, 2011 at 7:07 am

  4. Jolyon

    Gosh, that music is so stirring! Was it the theme tune to a TV series long ago?

    February 11, 2011 at 2:27 am

  5. Jolyon

    The Onedin Line!

    February 11, 2011 at 2:29 am

    • You’ve got it!

      February 11, 2011 at 7:13 am

  6. Pingback: I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, | Open Mike

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