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5524 Daniel Webster 1782-1852 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Daniel Webster (1782–1852)
QUOTATION:On this question of principle, while actual suffering was yet afar off, they [the Colonies] raised their flag against a power to which, for purposes of foreign conquest and subjugation, Rome in the height of her glory is not to be compared,—a power which has dotted over the surface of the whole globe with her possessions and military posts, whose morning drum-beat, following the sun, 1 and keeping company with the hours, circles the earth with one continuous and unbroken strain of the martial airs of England. 2
ATTRIBUTION:Speech, May 7, 1834. P. 110.
Note 1.
See Scott, Quotation 79. [back]
Note 2.
The martial airs of England
Encircle still the earth.
Amelia B. Richards: The Martial Airs of England. [back]