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1832 __ « The Armada »
Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1859)
Comment : When the Spanish Armada approached England in Queen Elizabeth's time, the watchmen were ready, all around the coast. (Alvin F. Harlow)
Original excerpt : « From Eddystone to Berwick bound, from Lynn to Milford Bay, / that time of slumber was as bright and busy as the day. / For swift to east and swift to west the ghastly war-flame spread. / High on St. Michael's Mount it shone; it shone on Beachy Head. / Far on the deep in the SPaniard saw, along each southern shire, / Cape beyond cape, in endless range, those twinkling points of fire. / [...] From Surrey's pleasant hill flew those bright couriers forth; / High in black Hampstead's swarthy morr they started for the north; / And on, and on, without a pause, untired they bounded still; / All night from tower to tower they sprang; they sprang from hill to hill. »
Source : Macaulay, Lord Thomas Babington (1832), "The Armada", In "Lays of ancient Rome: with Ivry, and the Armada", Leipzig, B. Tauchnitz, 1851, pp. 249-256.
Source : Harlow, Alvin F. (1936), "Old Wires and New Waves- The History of the Telegraph, Telephone and Wireless", READ BOOKS, 2008, Chapter I, The Craving For Instantaneous Communication, p. 8.
Source : Burns, Russell W. (2003), "Communications: an international history of the formative years", London: Institution of Electrical Engineers, p. 20.
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