The New Colossus poster downloads
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!”
Some people seem to forget, or want us to forget, the beautiful words to the poem on our beloved Statue of Liberty.
As someone who has always, always felt in my heart the proud, compassionate meaning behind these words I can't express how disgusted I was to hear our own current administration, in particular Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, a top Trump administration immigration official, twisting Emma Lazarus's poetry to his own un-American ends.* I can't stand by it. I can't abide. It makes me sick.
I've had The New Colossus listed in my shop for years now, and I'm just stunned to feel that it's a political move to want to quote it word for word. What are we becoming?
I offer the piece as a purchasable art print that I create for you in my own studio, but with current events as they are I also wanted to add a free downloadable version that can be used as a poster, or a protest sign, or both.
Download poster sized printables of The New Colossus here, free of charge:
The New Colossus PDF 12”x18”
The New Colossus PDF 18”x24”
The New Colossus PDF 24”x36”
Please feel free to print as many of these as you like for yourself or to share. Do not sell the file, a printed version of the file, or use for an other means. Please credit Emma Lazarus with the poem, and Hey Bernadette with the lettering. Tag photos @heybernadette on social media-I’d love to see how you put this piece to use. Thanks, and keep fighting the good fight!