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Mother of Exiles
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Was looking up the Colossus of Rhodes on Wikipedia (don’t ask) and it noted, at the end of the entry, Emma Lazarus‘s poem etched on the Statue of Liberty, which is titled “The New Colossus.”

I always forget how great it is:

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!”

What an American document. What a great (though often unrealized) American ideal.

October 27, 2006 / Uncategorized

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Whatup, Twin Cities! E-Laz throws da luv!

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