Monday’s Verse 7/5/2016

Anybody got a better selection for July 4th than "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus (mama zeal ‘r’ us)? Didn’t think so! Enjoy this classic Italian sonnet… we could say it’s one of many gifts the Italians gave the U.S.; we could also say it’s one of many gifts the Jews (Lazarus’ heritage) gave us. -ed.

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!”

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