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"The New Colossus," by Emma Lazarus, 1883

"The New Colossus," by Emma Lazarus, 1883
The New Colossus, from Emma Lazarus' copy book, hand written.
Courtesy of the American Jewish Historical Society.
Lazarus, Emma
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Sonnets. I. 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 lightening, 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." 1883. (Written in aid of Bartholdi Pedestal Fund)
American Jewish Historical Society

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