|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||George Gordon Noel Byron, Lord Byron (17881824)|
|QUOTATION:||Oer the glad waters of the dark blue sea,|
Our thoughts as boundless, and our souls as free,
Far as the breeze can bear, the billows foam, 1
Survey our empire, and behold our home!
These are our realms, no limit to their sway,
Our flag the sceptre all who meet obey.
|ATTRIBUTION:||The Corsair. Canto i. Stanza 1.|
See Churchill, Quotation 10.
To all nations their empire will be dreadful, because their ships will sail wherever billows roll or winds can waft them.Dalrymple: Memoirs, vol. iii. p. 152. [back]