Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Fourth of July

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!”


  1. Love reading the Pamela. Thank you for posting it. I usually only remember "give me your...". And to think that man's close family members were immigrants. Hope your fourth is a good one. I'm at the farm and will be trying to console my weenie, Emmy, over the fireworks. There will be less at the farm than at the city house.

  2. The best Independence Day post I've seen yet!

  3. More powerful and meaningful than ever...

  4. Happy Fourth of July to you too and to those boys of yours.

  5. Gave me chills.
    Thank you, Pamela, for this lovely reminder.

  6. Powerful in its timeliness. #makeamericakindagain

  7. this was timely. I take heart that there are those of us who understand the importance of our country's legacy and will do our best to preserve it in the voting booth and by letters to officials. Thank you for always shining the light on important events.


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