Apostrophe to the Ocean (in Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, 1817)
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is a society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more,
Form these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet can not all conceal.
—GEORGE GORDON (LORD) BYRON, English Poet, 1788-1824
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