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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.
John Masefi 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
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