The New Colossus, Revised, 2019 Version -- by Raymond J. Lawrence

26 Jun 2019 4:13 PM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

The poet Emma Lazarus, who lived in New York City and died in 1887 at the age of 38, wrote the brief poem that is inscribed on our Statue of Liberty:

“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!"

The new, 2019 version:

“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, 
And I’ll see that they drown with their children in the Rio Grande."

Photo Credit CNNPhoto Credit: CNN
"Cuomo and Lemon Discuss Border Photo of Dead Man and Daughter", CNN.com, 06-26-2019.
CNN's Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon discuss the shocking image of a drowned man and his daughter at the US border.


THE ORIGINAL POEM: 

THE NEW COLOSSUS by Emma Lazarus

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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Raymond J. Lawrence, General Secretary
lawrence@cpsp.org