I am looking for the Author and Name of a poem that starts " I must go down to the sea again "
It's 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.
Post Edited (11-20-04 20:59)
There is no "go" in the first line of every verse. The verses start
"I must down to the seas again........."
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.
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'.