| Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.|
|AUTHOR:||Alfred Tennyson (180992)|
|QUOTATION:||For I dipt into the future, far as human eye could see,|
Saw the Vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be;
Saw the heavens fill with commerce, argosies of magic sails,
Pilots of the purple twilight, dropping down with costly bales;
Heard the heavens fill with shouting, and there raind a ghastly dew
From the nations airy navies grappling in the central blue;
Far along the world-wide whisper of the south-wind rushing warm,
With the standards of the peoples plunging thro the thunder-storm;
Till the war-drums throbbd, no longer, and the battle-flags were furld
In the Parliament of man, the Federation of the world.
There the common sense of most shall hold a fretful realm in awe,
And the kindly earth shall slumber, lapt in universal law.
|ATTRIBUTION:||ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON, Locksley Hall, verses 6065, The Poetical Works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, p. 111 (1897).|