Thursday, July 14, 2011

Liberté, égalité, fraternité!

Happy Bastille Day!

The Statue of Liberty
~ or ~
Liberty Enlightening the World
Statue designed by Frédéric Bartholdi, 1834 - 1904
A gift to the United States
From the people of France, 1886

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!"

written in 1883
by Emma Lazarus, 1849 - 87

Ben's Class Trip ~ Spring 1999 (3rd Grade)

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