Alice Duer Miller
In A School Chapel by Alice Duer Miller

In A School Chapel by Alice Duer Miller

THE clear young voices rise and soar: 'Oh, prayPray for the peace of Jerusalem: theyShall prosper that love thee.' Yet each boy's heartHarbors the hope that he may have a partIn ...

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A Dialouge by Alice Duer Miller

A Dialouge by Alice Duer Miller

HE: I am in trouble, give me your advice.SHE: No, for I'm sure 'twould not be carried out.HE: It shall, I swear it shall, at any price.SHE:If that's agreed, what is this all ...

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Easton’s Beach by Alice Duer Miller

Easton’s Beach by Alice Duer Miller

LAST night I saw a city by the sea,Outlined in sparks of fire;Those wreathed lamps made all a fantasy -Arch, dome and spire.I saw above the waters pale and gray,The pale moon ...

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A Creed by Alice Duer Miller

A Creed by Alice Duer Miller

COURAGE to ask of love neither sign nor token,Wisdom to wait, silence and faith are better;Fear, not alone lest the bond be some day broken,But, that love, too desperately dear, ...

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The Woman At The Cross-Roads by Alice Duer Miller

The Woman At The Cross-Roads by Alice Duer Miller

(Her lover speaks.)AN equal love between a man and woman,This is the only charm to set us free,And this the only omenOf immortality.Only for us the long, long war is overBetween ...

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How Like A Woman by Alice Duer Miller

How Like A Woman by Alice Duer Miller

I WANTED you to come to-day­Or so I told you in my letter­And yet, if you had stayed away,I should have liked you so much better.I should have sipped my tea unseen,And ...

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A Bread And Butter Letter by Alice Duer Miller

A Bread And Butter Letter by Alice Duer Miller

THERE is a willow grows beside a pool;Its long gray branches sweep the marble rim;And from those waters shadowy and cool,The stars shine, large and dim.From open valleys filled ...

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To A Certain Gentleman by Alice Duer Miller

To A Certain Gentleman by Alice Duer Miller

(' Women are often tempters to sexual sin and delight in it. . . A recent report of a female probation officer relates that some of the girls who, as we may say euphemistically' ...

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The Penintent by Alice Duer Miller

The Penintent by Alice Duer Miller

'NEVER,' he said, 'nevermore,In the murmuring stillness of nightShall I wait for her hand on my door,Confident, light;Still is the night as before,And the stars unforgettably ...

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The Snare Of The Fowler by Alice Duer Miller

The Snare Of The Fowler by Alice Duer Miller

' Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.'I WRITE for those, of whom I know a few,Young, pretty, and a little bit flirtatious,Who would do even more harm, if they knewThe ...

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The Way by Alice Duer Miller

The Way by Alice Duer Miller

THERE is a magic pathway through the wood,There is a current in the troubled stream, A happy course to steer, if one but could,A meaning to the dream.And some in love and some in ...

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Strange Gods by Alice Duer Miller

Strange Gods by Alice Duer Miller

THE great religions, like men great of mind,Draw to them even those of hostile view. Many a barbarian in Athens knewThe temple porches who was grossly blind To any god save one ...

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The Price To Peace by Alice Duer Miller

The Price To Peace by Alice Duer Miller

LONG since I taught my spirit to obeyThe Sage's great commandment - to forget ­And so to lose life's bitterness and fret And taste its sweetness; and I went my wayEluding joy ...

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House Pets by Alice Duer Miller

House Pets by Alice Duer Miller

THE white cat is sleeping by the fire, With her paws tucked under her chin,Very tame and gentle she is sleepingWhom I saw but now come in,Come in from the dark night and the wild ...

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Final Poem by Alice Duer Miller

Final Poem by Alice Duer Miller

The consciousness of my mortalityWhich used to blind and limit all my lifeWeighs on me not since I have been your wife.Death is the price of our felicity;And life eternal would ...

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From The German by Alice Duer Miller

From The German by Alice Duer Miller

ONCE for thy brow a wreath I wished to wind, And, seeking long, I could no flowers find. Now golden flowers are blooming far and near, But, ah! dear love, thou art no longer here. ...

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Forsaking All Others Part 3 by Alice Duer Miller

Forsaking All Others Part 3 by Alice Duer Miller

ITHERE was an instant when he might have saidHe could not see the lady; but insteadHe nodded with a blank, impassive face,And waited, never moving from his placeBeside the window, ...

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To Remorse by Alice Duer Miller

To Remorse by Alice Duer Miller

MAGIC for fitful souls whose aim is stillPleasures that forfeit not the mansions blest,Who deem themselves absolved to approve the best .While they, protesting hate, pursue the ...

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Forsaking All Others Part 1 by Alice Duer Miller

Forsaking All Others Part 1 by Alice Duer Miller

'NOT that you'll like him,' Nell said,'No mystery - no romance,A fine, stern, eagle-like head,But he simply reeks of finance, -­Started from nothing - self-made -­And ...

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Invocation by Alice Duer Miller

Invocation by Alice Duer Miller

NIGHT after night within the groveThe night wind spares the sacred fire -­The breath made visible of love,Of worship and desire.I set the tripod at thy shrine;The silver bowl, ...

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Harbor by Alice Duer Miller

Harbor by Alice Duer Miller

AND will you rest at last, storm-beaten spirit,In this poor heart, who would your haven be,Will you sink down at last, content to inheritThe common treaures of tranquillity?Will ...

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Brandon by Alice Duer Miller

Brandon by Alice Duer Miller

THE house is empty, and the garden alley,A shadowed aisle of linden and of yew, A marble vase, a glimpse of river-valley ­Translucent white against transparent blue -A mystery ...

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The Party by Alice Duer Miller

The Party by Alice Duer Miller

THE house is bright with lights and lights,Like a palace in the Arabian Nights,Lights in festoons and lights in clusters,In chandeliers and crystal lustres;And all the length of ...

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Newport by Alice Duer Miller

Newport by Alice Duer Miller

ON these brown rocks the waves dissolve in sprayAs when our fathers saw them first alee.If such a one could come again and see This ancient haven in its latter day,These haughty ...

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After A Quarrel by Alice Duer Miller

After A Quarrel by Alice Duer Miller

WE have quarreled; ugly things have been said, Bitter things, in a tone controlled, well-bred, Temperate; we weighed our words, lest the lustOf cruelty lose the edge of being ...

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Won’T It Be Curious by Alice Duer Miller

Won’T It Be Curious by Alice Duer Miller

WON'T it be curious when I am dead;Some one, unknown to me, here in my stead? Curious surely for others to seeTrifles I made or marred outlasting me;All my possessions - bracelets ...

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Spring by Alice Duer Miller

Spring by Alice Duer Miller

'YES, Spring has come,' the grocer said,And tied a final knot of string,Rang up the change and becked his head,Elated at the breath of Spring.'Yes, Spring has come,' the poet ...

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To The Night Breeze by Alice Duer Miller

To The Night Breeze by Alice Duer Miller

BREEZE of the night, across my pillow straying­Breeze of the night, of summer dews begot,Salt from the sea-shore, where the waves are playing,Slow, to and fro, my window ...

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Before Spring by Alice Duer Miller

Before Spring by Alice Duer Miller

FARE you well, who love the highways,Love the cities, tall and bright,For the forest ways are my ways,And the birds' songs my delight,And the stars in river bywaysAre my only ...

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Sonnet by Alice Duer Miller

Sonnet by Alice Duer Miller

DEAR, if you love me, hold me most your friend, Chosen from out the many who would bearYour gladness gladly - heavily your care; Who best can sympathize, best comprehend, Where ...

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Forsaking All Others Part 5 by Alice Duer Miller

Forsaking All Others Part 5 by Alice Duer Miller

ITRAINED nurses, trained nurses everywhere­Trained nurses by night, trained nurses by day -In the corridors, on the stair,Looking for towels, carrying a tray;Saying, 'you ...

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Overheard In A Conservatory by Alice Duer Miller

Overheard In A Conservatory by Alice Duer Miller

HE (after a pause) : Dear, are you angry?SHE: Yes, though not at you, But at myself. Of course, we know it's true That when a man respects a girl...HE (interrupting) : I ...

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An Exhortation To Gentleness by Alice Duer Miller

An Exhortation To Gentleness by Alice Duer Miller

You who are strong, and do not know the need That weaker spirits feel, but do not plead -­The need to lean on someone who is strong -Oh! see you give their silent want good ...

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An American To France by Alice Duer Miller

An American To France by Alice Duer Miller

O FRANCE, with what a shamed and sorry smileWe now recall that in a bygone dayWe sought of you art, wit, perfection, style; You were to us a playground and a play.Paris was ours - ...

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Late Comers by Alice Duer Miller

Late Comers by Alice Duer Miller

Oft on my way, my daily task pursuing,Meet I two fairy figures face to face,Beauty and Peace, who smile on me, embuingAll else I see with something of their grace.Not in my youth ...

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Song In Exile by Alice Duer Miller

Song In Exile by Alice Duer Miller

THE rustling palms bend readilyBetween the sun and me;The trades blow warm and steadilyAcross the turquoise sea;But I'd rather feel the March wind biteIn the country of the ...

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Song by Alice Duer Miller

Song by Alice Duer Miller

THE LIGHT of springOn the emerald earth,A man, a maid,And a mood of mirth,A foolish jest,That a smile amends -­It took no moreTo make us friends.An evening breeze,The year in ...

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The Heritage by Alice Duer Miller

The Heritage by Alice Duer Miller

ON summer evenings when the full moon shinesSerene and fair,High in the crystal air,On hillsides deep in birches and in pines,Then in all hearts there stirs a hidden fireOf hope, ...

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