Thursday, 4 July 2013

Day 349: Lady Liberty

I've always loved Independence Day, even though it's not a national holiday for me (in Ireland). 
Its spirit is universal. And needless to say, I've always loved America, with its 'worldwide' welcome of freedom, its 'sunset gates'and 'golden door' and the iconic Lady Liberty with her 'beacon-hand' and salute of a new world.

To Independence Day -
The New Colossus - 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!”

No comments:

Post a Comment

I'd love to hear what you think! To leave a comment - comment as/sign in with your Google ID if you have one, or website or blog address, or if these don't apply, sign in as Anonymous, and leave your name if you like!