Who is Emma Lazarus

Emma Lazarus (July 22, 1849 – November 19, 1887) was an American author of poetry, prose, and translations, as well as an activist. She wrote the sonnet "The New Colossus" in 1883, which includes "lines of world-wide welcome". Its lines appear inscribed on a bronze plaque on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, installed in 1903, a decade and a half after Lazarus's death. The last stanza of the sonnet was set to music by Irving Berlin as the song "Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor" for the 1949 musical Miss Liberty, which was based on the sculpting of the Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World). The last stanza was also set by Lee Hoiby in his song "The Lady of the Harbor" written in 1985 as part of his song cycle "Three Women". Lazarus was also the author of Poems and...
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Emma Lazarus Poems

  • Chrysalis. (little Poems In Prose.)
    1. Long, long has the Orient-Jew spun around his helplessness the cunningly enmeshed web of Talmud and Kabbala.

    2. Imprisoned in dark corners of misery and oppression, closely he drew about him the dust-gray filaments, soft as silk and stubborn as steel, until he lay death-stiffened in mummied seclusion.
  • In Morte. Xliii
    Yon nightingale who mourns so plaintively
    Perchance his fledglings or his darling mate,
    Fills sky and earth with sweetness, warbling late,
    Prophetic notes of melting melody. ...
  • A Degenerate Age. (translations From The Hebrew Poets Of Medaeval Spain.)
    Where is the man who has been tried and found strong and sound?
    Where is the friend of reason and of knowledge?
    I see only sceptics and weaklings.
    I see only prisoners in the durance of the senses, ...
  • The Sower. (little Poems In Prose.)
    1. Over a boundless plain went a man, carrying seed.

    2. His face was blackened by sun and rugged from tempest, scarred and distorted by pain. Naked to the loins, his back was ridged with furrows, his breast was plowed with stripes.
  • Defiance. (translations From The Hebrew Poets Of Medaeval Spain.)
    "Conquer the gloomy night of thy sorrow, for the morning greets
    thee with laughter.
    Rise and clothe thyself with noble pride,
    Break loose from the tyranny of grief. ...
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Top 10 most used topics by Emma Lazarus

Soul 85 Earth 85 Heart 74 Light 73 Long 71 Love 70 Life 70 I Love You 70 World 67 Sweet 64

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  • Missyperrine: quote of the day: “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: lift my lamp beside the golden door.” ~ emma lazarus
  • Singleton_ian: raising the torch of compassion: emma lazarus in (my friend) irina mashinski’s translation
  • Mardigroan: immigrant crocheters, quilters, tailors, and seamstresses were greeted on the way to america by the statue of liberty with it's inscription of the words of emma lazarus welcoming the tired, the poor, and the huddled masses yarning to be free.
  • Richardhfay1: btw, emma lazarus was jewish, born to a sephardic jewish family of portuguese descent.
  • Givewisely: through a partnership with the open society foundations and communities foundation of texas, $600,000 was distributed among the 813 families through the chosen nonprofits by the emma lazarus fund. learn more:
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Brothers and sisters I have many:
Though I know there is not any
Of them but I love, yet I
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Yes; I do think, that I love best
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