The New Colossus – Emma Lazarus October 28, 2010
The poem, “The New Colossus”, by Emma Lazarus, is inscribed on a plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty. It was written as part of the effort to raise funds for the pedestal
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!”
With silent lips. “Give me your tired,
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!”
On this day in 1886, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated by
President Grover Cleveland.
The statue was a gift from the people of France and designed by artist Frederic Bartholdi.
Bartholdi’s design patent