Letters to the Editor

A greater understanding

In a recent letter to the editor I noticed a reference to the Statue of Liberty’s Emma Lazarus poem.

Getting to see the complete poem may help our understanding of these times.

“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!’

This tablet, with her sonnet to the Bartholdi Statue of Liberty engraved upon it, is placed upon these walls.

In loving memory of Emma Lazarus

Born in New York City, July 22, 1849

Died November 19, 1887”

C.A. Kanz, State College

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