"I must go down to the seas again"

Craven - Thursday, November 25, 2004 by: Ken Jones, poem by John Masefield


by 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 the

stars to steer her by,

And the wheel's kick and the

wind's song and the white sail's skaking,

And a gray mist on the sea's

face and the 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 gipsy 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



Ken Jones



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