Lady of the Harbor

(1985)

"Lady of the Harbor" is the second song of Lee Hoiby's Three Women song cycle. The song is about the Statue of Liberty and sets the final quote of Emma Lazarus' sonnet "The New Colossus."

Lazarus' poem entire sonnet is inscribed on a bronze plaque and hung inside the Statue of Liberty. She wrote the poem in 1883, and it was engraved and hung inside the statue in 1903.

The New Colossus
by 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!"


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