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Thatcher Cites Kipling in Pledge of Humility

June 13, 1987|Associated Press

LONDON — Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, reelected to a third consecutive term and pledging to get on with the job with a sense of "great humility," borrowed a verse from Rudyard Kipling to make her point Friday.

During a British Broadcasting Corp. interview, Thatcher said she admired the poet and storyteller, who was closely identified with Britain's imperial era, and she quoted from his 1897 poem "Recessional:"

The tumult and the shouting dies;

The Captains and the Kings depart:

Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,

An humble and a contrite heart.

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