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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Have a safe and wonderful July 4th.

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed sunset-gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon hand
Glows world-wide welcome, her mild eyes command
The abridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she,
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore;
Send these, the homeless, the tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Emma Lazarus, 1883


JosephMcG said...

Thank you, Lorraine, for inviting us to affirm the welcoming and openness of our American spirit

Lorraine Hart said...

Just thought I'd let Emma, and the Lady of the Harbor, give a little female energy to the day's celebration.

Stephanie Frieze said...

Nice reminder to everyone, Lorraine!