Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Independence Day

Edward Moran, Unveiling The Statue of Liberty, 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!"

Emma Lazarus, 1883

12 comments:

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

I wish you and yours a very happy Independence Day and Fourth of July, from your neighbor to the north (Canada).

Your country is a beacon unto all the world...

rochambeau said...

Oh Yes!!
Lady Liberty! Isn't she a nice person? She's my role model ! ;-)

Happy Independence day Rebecca! I raise my cup to you. Pinky up!

xox
Constance

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

We send you wishes for a very happy 4th!

steviewren said...

I like that painting. I love that poem. Happy Independence Day to you too!

somepinkflowers said...

oh!

i followed you over here
from
constance's place...


:-)

{when i was a kid
and we have to memorize this--
The New Colossus--
i kept saying
~~your cuddling masses learning to be free~~
but
my teacher
finally passed me.

i think i like it both ways...

Betsy said...

Happy Fourth to you and your family, Rebecca !

willow said...

Beautiful post, Rebecca!

Hope you and your lovely family are enjoying the holiday weekend. :)

Dee Dee said...

Rebecca...I'm back from the mountains and enjoying my sweet mother's company very much....Just have to catch up on everyone...I love your painting and the poem...I pray that forever will Lady Liberty stand for freedom in our great nation...Blessings for you this Lord's day...Dee Dee

willow said...

Hi Rebecca! Want to play some tag? You're it!

List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your Summer. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they’re listening to.

Rebecca said...

Hello Willow! I'm game..I'll work on posting the 7 favorites this evening...What fun!

willow said...

You are a great sport! I'm curious to see which you will choose! :)

Pat said...

Hello Rebecca!

I dropped by for a visit from Lavinia's blog and I saw we had almost the exact post for the 4th of July! Have you seen Emma's poem inscribed on a plaque inside the base of Lady Liberty? It means so much to me.

I enjoy tea very much. I brought Bewley's tea home from Ireland and Barry's tea for my daughter as she prefers that.
Since my son lived near Celestial Seasonings factory in Boulder, CO at one time we discovered many favorite blends of their tea when we visited their tasting room. Sadly, they recently changed hands to a large corporation.