Jan Struther

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Jan Struther was the pen name of Joyce Anstruther, later Joyce Maxtone Graham and finally Joyce Placzek (6 June 190120 July 1953), an English writer remembered for her character Mrs. Miniver and a number of hymns, including Lord of All Hopefulness and When a Knight won his Spurs.

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  • O love's a simple word to say
    With nature aiding and abetting;
    • LONDON LOVERS, BETSINDA DANCES AND OTHER POEMS
  • For to love, loveless, is a bitter pill:
    But to be loved, unloving, bitterer still.
    • THE CHOICE, BETSINDA DANCES AND OTHER POEMS
  • And I am a mockery, who was God before.
    • AGE, BETSINDA DANCES AND OTHER POEMS
  • Then say–how come the years to seem so swift,
    The days, the days so slow?
    • A PARADOX, BETSINDA DANCES AND OTHER POEMS
  • Come, let us wage a holy war!
    • BALLADE OF VANISHING WILD FLOWERS, BETSINDA DANCES AND OTHER POEMS
  • Now heaven be thanked, I am out of love again!
    I have been long a slave, and now am free;
    • FREEDOM, BETSINDA DANCES AND OTHER POEMS
  • To be entirely at leisure for one day is to be for one day an immortal:
    • The New Car, Mrs. Miniver
  • In childhood the daylight always fails too soon -- except when there are going to be fireworks;
    • Guy Fawkes' Day, Mrs. Miniver
  • She noted with delight that he really did say "Ha!" This made a valuable addition to her collection. She had lately acquired a "Humph!" and two "Whews!" but she was still waiting in vain for a "Pshaw!"
    • The Eve of the Shoot, Mrs. Miniver

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