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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 2014
AUTHOR: Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936)
QUOTATION: A Nation spoke to a Nation,
A Queen sent word to a Throne:
‘Daughter am I in my mother’s house,
But mistress in my own.
The gates are mine to open,
As the gates are mine to close,
And I set my house in order,’
Said our Lady of the Snows.
ATTRIBUTION: RUDYARD KIPLING, “Our Lady of the Snows,” stanza 1, The Collected Works of Rudyard Kipling: The Seven Seas, The Five Nations, The Years Between, vol. 26, p. 227 (1941, reprinted 1970).

The poem is about the Canadian preferential tariff of 1897.