Alice Duer Miller

(28 July 1874 - 22 August 1942 / New York City, New York)

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  • ''They make other nations seem pale and flighty,
    But they do think England is God almighty,
    And you must remind them now and then
    That other countries breed other men.''
    Alice Duer Miller (1874-1942), U.S. novelist, poet. The White Cliffs. The White Cliffsis a long narrative poem extolling Britain's resistance during World War II.
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The White Cliffs

I
I have loved England, dearly and deeply,
Since that first morning, shining and pure,
The white cliffs of Dover I saw rising steeply
Out of the sea that once made her secure.
I had no thought then of husband or lover,
I was a traveller, the guest of a week;
Yet when they pointed 'the white cliffs of Dover',
Startled I found there were tears on my cheek.

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