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Sailing poem
Posted by: Beth Lyn (---.cable.mindspring.com)
Date: November 20, 2004 12:26AM

I am looking for the Author and Name of a poem that starts " I must go down to the sea again "


Re: Sailing poem
Posted by: lg (---.ca.charter.com)
Date: November 20, 2004 12:42AM

It's John Masefield:

Sea-Fever
John Masefield

I must 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 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 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.

Linda, you will notice I edited this copy to match your suggestion.


Les



Post Edited (11-20-04 20:59)


Re: Sailing poem
Posted by: Linda (---.cache.pol.co.uk)
Date: November 20, 2004 06:41PM

There is no "go" in the first line of every verse. The verses start
"I must down to the seas again........."


Re: Sailing poem
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-02rh15-16rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: November 21, 2004 02:09PM

Cue Chesil.


Re: Sailing poem
Posted by: Linda (---.cache.pol.co.uk)
Date: November 21, 2004 07:15PM

Yes I have noticed, Les. That was drummed into us at school as being a common misquote and we were not to do it or else.


Re: Sailing poem
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.da.uu.net)
Date: November 22, 2004 07:18AM

Thanks, Linda. I have been guilty of that misquote, and am glad to be corrected.

Another famous verse no less frequently misquoted is the epitaph that Robert Louis Stevenson wrote for himself, which ends with the lines:

Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.

where many people wrongly put 'the' before 'sea'.

Ian




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