John Masefield quotes

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Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack
Quinquireme of Nineveh from distant Ophir
Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine,
Let me have wisdom, Beauty, wisdom and passion,
Bread to the soul, rain when the summers parch.
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Be with me, Beauty, for the fire is dying;
My dog and I are old, too old for roving.
Summer of man its sunlight and its flower,
Spring-time of man all April in a face.
'When freezing aloft in a snorter, I tell you I wish--
(Though maybe it ain't like a Christian)MI wish I could be
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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.
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,
Out of the earth to rest or range
Perpetual in perpetual change,
The unknown passing through the strange.
Since moons decay and suns decline,
How else should end this life of mine?
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