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Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Girl of the U.S.A.

Oh! the maidens of France are certainly fine,
   And I think every fellow will state
That the what-you-may-call-it coiffured way
   They put up their hair is great!
And they know how to dress, and they wear their clothes
   In a fetching, Frenchy way;
And yet to me, there is just one girl-
   The girl of the U.S.A.

I like to listen when French girls talk,
   Though Im weak in the parlez-vous game;
But the language of youth in every land
   Is somehow about the same,
And Ive learned a regular code of shrugs,
   And they seem to know what I say!
But the girl whose voice goes straight to my heart
   Is the girl of the U.S.A.

I havent a word but words of praise
   For these dear little girls of France;
And I will confess that Ive felt a thrill
   As I faced their line of advance!
But I havent been taken a prisoner yet,
   And I wont be, until the day
When I carry my colours to lay at the feet
   Of a girl of the U.S.A.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox's other poems:
  1. The Birth of the Opal
  2. The Awakening (I love the tropics, where sun and rain)
  3. The Chain
  4. At Forty-Eight
  5. Artist and Man

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