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Emma Lazarus
Emma Lazarus
Posthumously famous for her sonnet, "The New Colossus," which is engraved on the base of the Statue of Liberty, Emma Lazarus is considered America's first important Jewish poet...
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To R.W.E.

 
by Emma Lazarus

As when a father dies, his children draw 
About the empty hearth, their loss to cheat 
With uttered praise & love, & oft repeat 
His all-familiar words with whispered awe. 
The honored habit of his daily law, 
Not for his sake, but theirs whose feeble feet 
Need still that guiding lamp, whose faith, less sweet, 
Misses that tempered patience without flaw, 
So do we gather round thy vacant chair, 
In thine own elm-roofed, amber-rivered town, 
Master & Father! For the love we bear, 
Not for thy fame's sake, do we weave this crown, 
And feel thy presence in the sacred air, 
Forbidding us to weep that thou art gone.






New York, May, 1884.
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