Saturday, July 24, 2010

For I dipt into the future....

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 rain'd 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-drum throbb'd no longer, and the battle-flags were furl'd
In the Parliament of man, the Federation of the world.
-Locksley Hall, Tennyson 1842

No particular insight, just liked it. It brings vivid images of Traveller style sci-fi to my mind.

1 comment:

Pete King said...

So where are we at then, in terms of this prophecy... World wide whisper sounds a lot like the World wide web!