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 — they to me Were a delight : and if the freshening sea Made them a terror — 'twas a pleasing... The works of lord Byronby George Gordon N. Byron (6th baron.) - 1820Snippet view
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...on its breast to be Borne, like its bubbles, onward: from a boy I wanton'd with its breakers—they to me Were a delight; and if the freshening sea Made them a terror—'twas a pleasing fear." The sailor's life was my " beau ideal" of happiness. As I grew older...