John Masefield 1 June 1878 – 12 May 1967

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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.
John Masefield (1874-1967), British poet, playwright. "Sea Fever," st. 2, Salt-Water Ballads (1902). The line appears as "I must go down to the seas again ... " in some collections, and in John Ireland's musical setting of the poem; though apparently not in Masefield's drafts, nor in the first published version.
Commonplace people dislike tragedy because they dare not suffer and cannot exult.
John Masefield (1874-1967), British poet, playwright. The Tragedy of Nan, preface (1908).

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All the poems that interested me are copyright protected so what is the point of this web site?
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JOHN MASEFIELD – Sea Fever - I have a beautiful hand drawn,18 x 24, black ink sketch of a two masted, full rigged, sailing ship on a silvery/gray poster board like base. It is edged along the right hand side of the sketch in a beautiful old fashioned script of Sea Fever. Various parts of the drawing and text are highlighted with very thick gold frills. I had the painting professionally framed in a large light
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