The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus (poetry reading in MP3)

'The New Colossus' is a sonnet about the Statue of Liberty and America's welcoming spirit toward the poor and oppressed who seek refuge and freedom. It was written by the American Jewish poet and activist, Emma Lazarus (1849 – 1870). The poem of 14 lines was read by Barbara Baker for Librivox. Perhaps the most poignant and certainly the most quoted line reads: “Give me your tired, your poor,/ Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." (1 MiB, MP3, 1:14 minutes)

See the full text of the poem and some old photos of the Statue of Liberty here.

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