Quotations From JOHN MASEFIELD

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  • 1.
    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.

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  • 2.
    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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