Sea Fever by John Masefield

The Poem “Sea Fever” is a treasured poem from John Masefield, a former sailor, about his time out at sea. John Masefield was an English seaman, writer and Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1930 to 1967.

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SEA FEVER by 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 sail’s 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.

Video: Sea Fever – John Masefield


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Visualization exercise for children: Read the poem carefully and draw what you see.