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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  • Medic11358726: "give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.." [emma lazarus, 1883] prescient words for the present: "but, there are far more less well-off people than rich and they are relying on this bill’s success." [the times, advocating assisted dying; 2021]
  • Workerscircle: "we believe fervently in the america envisioned by emma lazarus in her iconic poem, inscribed on the base of the statue of liberty—a country that welcomes immigrants.” - ann toback, ceo, the workers circle
  • Medic11358726: "give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.." [emma lazarus, 1883] "but, there are far more less well-off people than rich and they are relying on this bill’s success." [the times, advocating assisted dying; 2021]
  • Flochwisdom: erielle tries to argue that there never was a coherent, monolithic american identity & culture. there was….and it wasn’t defined by emma lazarus & hart-cellar. willing to bet ms. davidson doesn’t hesitate to bang on about our shared *judeo-christian* values (which is bullshit).
  • Dansuitor: as i wrote this note, my mind kept returning to a poem that encapsulates the greatest of our civic ideals: "the new colossus" by emma lazarus. it's so important that we put in on a bronze plaque and bolted it the greatest monument to empathy, love, and welcome that we have.
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On The Morning Of Christs Nativity
 by John Milton

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This is the Month, and this the happy morn
Wherin the Son of Heav'ns eternal King,
Of wedded Maid, and Virgin Mother born,
Our great redemption from above did bring;
For so the holy sages once did sing,
That he our deadly forfeit should release,
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