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    Re: sea fever
    From: Greg Rudzinski
    Date: 2009 Sep 1, 09:09 -0700

    George,
    
    The opposite of sea fever is channel fever. Channel fever is the
    sleepless anticipation of arrival after a long spell at sea. In some
    cases filled with conscious fantasies of beautiful young polynesian
    women as described in Melville classics ;-)
    
    Greg
    
    On Sep 1, 6:01�am, "George Huxtable"  wrote:
    > I am not of a romantic disposition, as my wife sometimes reminds me.
    >
    > And most poetry does little for me, with a few significant exceptions.
    >
    > Nor am I all that keen on songs, and singing, in general.
    >
    > However, I've just been hearing, on the radio, from the Edinburgh Festival,
    > Bryn Terfel singing John Masefield's �"Sea Fever", in �John Ireland's
    > familiar setting. It got me thinking: didn't Masefield get it exactly right?
    >
    > Masefield had himself been a mariner, in square rig. His voyaging, across
    > the oceans in all weathers, was a different matter to my own puny coastal
    > small-boat cruising. I'm now at the age where I've got that sea fever out of
    > my blood, to a large extent. But I know exactly what Masefield was on about.
    >
    > To remind you, here's what he wrote-
    >
    > � "Sea-Fever"
    >
    > � 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,
    > � 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 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 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.
    >
    > contact George Huxtable, at �geo...{at}hux.me.uk
    > or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    > or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
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