Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July!


Happy 4th, everyone! I hope all of you celebrating in Rocky Point (and elsewhere) are having a great time. This being election time in Mexico, it's a dry dry weekend in Puerto Penasco with no liquor of any kind sold or served. Hope you all came prepared.

I will leave you simply with this picture of the Statue of Liberty (officially titled Liberty Enlightening the World), presented by the people of France to the United States of America in 1886 to celebrate its centennial.

The interior of the pedestal contains a bronze plaque inscribed with the sonnet "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus (quoted below), written in 1883 and, in 1903, engraved on a bronze plaque and mounted inside the Statue of Liberty. It has never been engraved on the exterior of the pedestal, despite such depictions in editorial cartoons.

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 bronze plaque in the pedestal contains a typographical error: the comma in "Keep, ancient lands" is missing, causing that line to read "'Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!' cries she", and noticeably altering its meaning. Ah, heck, nobody's perfect...

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