Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Mother of Exiles
In the midst of this immigration debate, I thought the following poem might be a good reminder of what our country once stood for:

The New Colossus
by Emma Lazarus

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!"

These words are inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty.


posted by Mike Clawson at 9:24 PM | Permalink |


At 4/12/2006 12:28:00 PM, Blogger TXatheist

You're welcome,(wink)


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