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Emma Lazarus


"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."

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Attribution: “The New Colossus,” Emma Lazarus, Selection from Her Poetry and Prose, ed. Morris U. Schappes, pp. 40–41

Date: 1883

Emma Lazarus


American poet and essayist, born in  New York City. Her early work includes Admetus and Other Poems (1871) and The Spagnoletto (1876), a poetic drama. Lazarus was an impassioned spokeswoman for Judaism, writing many essays and the book of poems, Songs of a Semite (1882), contains some of her best work. Her sonnet about the Statue of Liberty, “The New Colossus,” was engraved on the statue’s pedestal.



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