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Джон Мейсфилд

Дата рождения: 1. Июнь 1878
Дата смерти: 12. Май 1967

Джон Мейсфилд — английский поэт, писатель, журналист. С 1930 поэт-лауреат. Известен также фантастическими романами для детей: «Люди полуночи» и «Ящик наслаждений» .


„Все страны мира испортили свою красоту фабриками и фабричными городами, каждый из которых — словно ад на земле… это образ разума, наделенного властью.“ Из книги «Мельница» (1941).

„Все писатели стремятся понять дух своего народа.“ Речь «Святой Георгий и дракон», произнесенная в Херефорде.


„The days that make us happy make us wise.“

„Life, a beauty chased by tragic laughter.“ King Cole

„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.“
Sea Fever: Selected Poems

„The distant soul can shake the distant friend's soul and make the longing felt, over untold miles.“

„Only the road and the dawn, the sun, the wind, and the rain,
And the watch fire under stars, and sleep, and the road again.“

„I have seen flowers come in stony places
And kind things done by men with ugly faces,
And the gold cup won by the worst horse at the races,
So I trust, too.“


„All I ask is a tall ship and a star to sail her by.“

„Christmas ought to be brought up to date,” Maria said. “It ought to have gangsters, and aeroplanes and a lot of automatic pistols.“ The Box Of Delights

„Men in a ship are always looking up, and men ashore are usually looking down.“

„I must go down to the sea... to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship, and a star to steer her by......“


„The Thames is a wretched river after the Mersey and the ships are not like Liverpool ships and the docks are barren of beauty... it is a beastly hole after Liverpool; for Liverpool is the town of my heart and I would rather sail a mudflat there than command a clipper out of London“

„Beauty you lifted up my sleeping eye And filled my heart with longing with a look.“

„Most roads lead men homewards,
My road leads forth.“

„I must go down to the sea again, for the call of the running tide, is a wild call and a clear call, that cannot be denied!“

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