Emma Lazarus' sonnet, "The New Colossus"
Mother of Exiles fo k ''V l M?. "J it. i-l Vi ft I iff Inscribed on the base of the Statue- of Liberty on Bcdloe's Island in New York harbor is a sonnet by Emma Lazarus, under the caption, "The New Colossus." Fallowing is the text of the sonnet: 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 land, 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-tossed, to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door."