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“The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus

“The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus

Creator: Lazarus, Emma, 1849-1887

Original manuscript notebook of Emma Lazarus' poetry, including an undated special printing of "The New Colossus"

Preferred Citation:
Lazarus, Emma, and Lazarus, Emma Manuscript Notebook from the Emma Lazarus Collection, 1877-1887 (1877): Emma Lazarus Papers P-1 Print... (read more)

Lazarus, Emma, and Lazarus, Emma. Manuscript Notebook from the Emma Lazarus Collection, 1877-1887. (1877): Emma Lazarus Papers P-1. Print.

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Transcription:
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 o... (read more)

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!”

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