SUFFER LITTLE CHILDREN, AND FORBID THEM NOT, TO COME UNTO ME: FOR SUCH IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.

 

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to break free,

the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. 

Send there, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.

  I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

 

“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-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

(The text of this sonnet by Emma Lazarus is mounted inside the  Statue of Liberty)

(The text  “suffer little children” from King James version of the bible  Matthew 19:14)

10 thoughts on “SUFFER LITTLE CHILDREN, AND FORBID THEM NOT, TO COME UNTO ME: FOR SUCH IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.

  1. Things have gone askew in the America! I’ve always admired. Still going over to the Clafouti recipe, and Theodora’s post. I just wanted to catch up first. I’m signed up for email notices, and I used to get them, but now… not! Love you! xoxoxo

  2. There are those knowledgeable souls who escape Paris in August. To stone cottages in Brittany, or a secret beach in Cap Ferrat. This is when we escape the madness for just a little while, and slip into Paris. My “little house in Paris” is a calm, cool sanctuary. I shall plunder the market at the foot of my street. The kitchen will be fragrant with the perfume of basil and tomatoes and the tiniest of tender green beans. The wine is chilled. The candles lit. And you, Theadora and myself will sit and talk and until the night sky turns pink. XXXOOO Virginia

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