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.
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 fl ying,
And the fl ung 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.
eld (1878–1967) was an English Poet and writer. He was appointed poet laureate of
the United Kingdom in 1930.
Star to steer-
the north star
is the pole
star which tells
the sailor where
North is and
thus they can
steer the ship correctly
Flung - threw
spume - sea foam
yarn -A long or rambling story especially one that is impossible
trick -a period of stay on the ship after the voyage