xml/lby.00078.xml Icons of Liberty: "The New Colossus"

Emma Lazarus , "The New Colossus," (1883)

Transcribed from pages 40-41 of the 1944 Cooperative Book League edition of Emma Lazarus's Selections from Her Poetry and Prose.

The New Colossus

  • 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!
  • Moments in History Historical Figures Nations Images of Liberty Iconography Individual Liberty Political Movements Gendered Icons Dissenting Voices
     Coins  Commentary  Fiction  Historical documents  Illustrations & Cartoons  Paintings  Poetry  Sculpture  Seals
    United States Britain France Other Countries