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Inscription on the Statue of Liberty

September 5th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

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 air-bridged 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, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

This tablet, with her Sonnet to the Bartholdi Statue
of Liberty engraved upon it, is placed upon these walls
in loving memory of
Emma Lazarus
born in New York City, July 22, 1849
Died November 18, 1887

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