When Captain Benwick asks Anne "do you prefer Marmion or The Lady of the Lake?" she replies by quoting a line from The Lady of the Lake by Sir Walter Scott (Canto iii. Stanza 16):
"Like the dew on the mountain,
Like the foam on the river,
Like the bubble on the fountain,
Thou art gone, and forever!"
Anne found Captain Benwick again drawing near her. Lord Byron's "dark
blue seas" could not fail of being brought forward by their present
view, and she gladly gave him all her attention as long as attention
was possible. It was soon drawn, perforce another way.
Lord Byron's "dark blue seas"
From Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, a poem in four cantos, 1812-1818, that overnight made Lord Byron the most lionized literary figure in England and Europe.
|Bliss Carman, et al., eds. The World’s Best Poetry.|
Volume V. Nature. 1904.
|VII. The Sea|
|Lord Byron (1788–1824)|
M. Garrett - 2010 - Literary CriticismBut what we have, brief though it is, is Byron's most accomplished piece of prose ... In Chapter 12 there is a reference to 'Lord Byron's “dark blue seas”' (the 'dark ..