Emma Lazarus Poems
- The New Colossus Not like the brazen giant of Greek ...
- Destiny 1856 Paris, from throats of iron, silver, ...
- 1492 Thou two-faced year, Mother of Change and Fate, Didst ...
- Marriage Bells Music and silver chimes and sunlit air, ...
- Success Oft have I brooded on defeat and pain, The pathos ...
- Echoes Late-born and woman-souled I dare not hope, The ...
- Assurance Last night I slept, and when I woke her kiss ...
Emma Lazarus was an American Jewish poet born in New York City.
She is best known for "The New Colossus", a sonnet written in 1883; its lines appear on a bronze plaque in the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty placed in 1903. The sonnet was written for and donated to an auction, conducted by the "Art Loan Fund Exhibition in Aid of the Bartholdi Pedestal Fund for the Statue of Liberty" to raise funds to build the pedestal.
Emma Lazarus was honored by the Office of the Manhattan Borough President in March 2008 and was included in a map of historical sites related or dedicated to important women.
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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 ...