Sea Fever

Rounding Cape Horn. Montague Dawson. 1959.


Sea Fever

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 sails 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.


This poem is a submission of Erica L.

2 thoughts on “Sea Fever”

  1. Oh! I love the painting you chose for ‘my’ poem :). Though familiar with Montague Dawson, I don’t think I’ve seen this one before.

  2. This is one of my favorite poems, Miss Erica! From the very first line, “I must go down to the seas again” I fell in love! And superb choice of painting! The austere action, the billowing canvases, the relatively small-looking men contrasted against the awesome power of the smashing waves…

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