by John Masefield (1878 - 1967)

Trade winds
Language: English 
Available translation(s): SPA
In the harbour, in the island, in the Spanish seas,
Are the tiny white houses and the orange trees,
And day-long, night-long, the cool and pleasant breeze
  Of the steady Trade Winds blowing.

There is the red wine, the nutty Spanish ale,
The shuffle of the dancers, and the old salt's tale,
The squeaking fiddle, and the soughing in the sail
  Of the steady Trade Winds blowing.

and o'nights there's the fire-flies and the yellow moon,
And in the ghostly palm trees the sleepy tune
Of the quiet voice calling me, the long low croon
  Of the steady Trade Winds blowing.

First published in Outlook (October 1901)


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • SPA Spanish (Español) (José Miguel Llata) , "Vientos alisios", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Gordon P. Briggs

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 101