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" The noise in it is like that of bees, a strange humming or buzz mixed of walking tongues and feet: it is a kind of still roar or loud whisper. It is the great exchange of all discourse, and no business whatsoever but is here stirring and a-foot. "
The Beauties of England and Wales: Or, Delineations, Topographical ... - Page 214
by John Britton, Edward Wedlake Brayley - 1814 - 803 pages
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readings in english social history from contemporary literature

...than this — the whole world's map, which you may here discern in its perfectest motion, jostling and turning. It is a heap of stones and men, with...the steeple not sanctified, nothing liker Babel. The noise in it is like that of bees — a strange humming or buzz, mixed of walking, tongues and feet....
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Fraser's Magazine, Volume 8; Volume 88

James Anthony Froude, John Tulloch - Authors - 1873
...about enquiry after news." Again, according to Bishop Earle's Microcosmoyruphy, published in 1628, ' It is a heap of stones and men, with a vast confusion...the steeple not sanctified, nothing liker Babel. The noise in it is like that of bees, a strange humming or buzz mixed, of walking, tongues, and feet ;...
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