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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

5675 George Gordon Noel Byron

AUTHOR:George Gordon Noel Byron, Lord Byron (1788–1824)
QUOTATION:And I have loved thee, Ocean! and my joy
Of youthful sports was on thy breast to be
Borne, like thy bubbles, onward; from a boy.
I wantoned with thy breakers,
     .     .     .     .     .
And trusted to thy billows far and near,
And laid my hand upon thy mane,—as I do here. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Canto iv. Stanza 184.
Note 1.
He laid his hand upon “the ocean’s mane,”
And played familiar with his hoary locks.
Robert Pollok: The Course of Time, book iv. line 389. [back]