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Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor (“The New Colossus,” A Singable Poem in Picture Books)

Posted on: June 7, 2010

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THE NEW COLOSSUS (song Give Me Your Tired Your Poor)
Poem by Emma Lazarus
Music by Irving Berlin
Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
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Sing GIVE ME YOUR TIRED YOUR POOR with Emily, here:

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GIVE ME YOUR TIRED YOUR POOR (sing along book 4 SBWE)
Excerpt from The New Colossus
Poem by Emma Lazarus
Music by Irving Berlin
Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Cover Picture by Eloise Gleichenhaus (2010)

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Sing GIVE ME YOUR TIRED YOUR POOR with Emily, here:

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give-me-your-tired-your-poor-sbwe-w-chords
GIVE ME YOUR TIRED YOUR POOR (song sheet w chords 4 SBWE)
Excerpt from The New Colossus
Poem by Emma Lazarus
Music by Irving Berlin
Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
give-me-your-tired-your-poor-sbwe-w-chords

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Sing GIVE ME YOUR TIRED YOUR POOR with Emily, here:

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GIVE ME YOUR TIRED YOUR POOR (song sheet NO chords 4 SBWE)
Excerpt from The New Colossus
Poem by Emma Lazarus
Music by Irving Berlin
Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
give-me-your-tired-your-poor-sbwe-no-chords

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Here are two picture books about the Statue of Liberty that include Emma Lazarus’ poem, THE NEW COLOSSUS:


Emma’s Poem (The Voice of the Statue of Liberty)
Book Written by Linda Glaser
Illustrated by Claire A. Nivola
This book features the poemThe New Colossus,” 
Poem by Emma Lazarus
Set to Music as “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor” by Irving Berlin

Emma’s Poem (Written by Linda Glaser, Illustrated by Claire A. Nivola) tells the story of how Emma Lazarus came to write the poem “The New Colossus” to help raise funds building the Statue of Liberty’s base and how her poem became the message the Statue of Liberty now stands for in the hearts and eyes of Americans and people around the world. This book features a photograph of Emma Lazarus’s penning of her poem and a one page biography of the poet.

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Sing GIVE ME YOUR TIRED YOUR POOR with Emily, here:

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Lady Liberty (A Biography)
Book Written by Doreen Rappaport
Illustrated by Matt Tavares
This book features the poem “The New Colossus,” 
Poem by Emma Lazarus
Set to Music as “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor” by Irving Berlin

Lady Liberty (A Biography) (Written by Doreen Rappaport, Illustrated by Matt Tavares) tells the story of how The Statue of Liberty came to be.  This book features two page spread biographies and gorgeous illustrations about the people who brought Lady Liberty to life.  The last pages contain statistical information about the statue and a timeline of important events.

Both books feature information about Emma Lazarus, her poem, the poem text (or an excerpt), and how the poem came to represent the voice of the Statue of Liberty.

I sat down to read “Emma’s Poem” (by Linda Glaser) today and discovered that Irving Berlin had set an excerpt (the most famous lines) of the poem to music.  A little more research revealed that Irving Berlin wrote the song “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor” for the musical, “Miss Liberty” in 1949.

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Read an interesting wiki article about the creation of the musical “Miss Liberty,” here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_Liberty

See interesting documents related to the Statue of Liberty, including Irving Berlin’s handwritten “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor,” here:http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/loc/statue.html

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The excerpt of the poem that Mr. Berlin set to music is printed in both books:

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor
Excerpt from
“The New Colossus”
Poem by Emma Lazarus
Music by Irving Berlin

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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The compete text of
The New Colossus
Poem 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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Emma Lazarus’s hand penning of “The New Colossus”
(Picture from the Library of Congress website, to American Jewish Historical Society, New York and Newton Centre, MA)

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Articles about THE NEW COLOSSUS, by Emma Lazarus

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An article from The Guardian, Jue 2012
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/jun/04/poem-week-new-colossus-emma-lazarus

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Click here to see the “Catalogue of the Pedestal Fund art loan exhibition at the National Academy of Design : December, 1883,”
http://www.archive.org/details/catalogueofpedes00laza

Page 27 has information about other literary donations and prints Emma Lazarus’s poem, “The New Colossus,”

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRN6kIY2A0o

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I had the amazing and wonder-filled opportunity to live in New York City from August 1992 until April of 1999.  Those were wonderful years for me.  I NEVER lost my delight in the sights of the city, not the least of which were of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in New York Harbor.  In the last half of my stay in New York, I revelled in my nightly walks home from my job in the Wall Street area of Manhattan.  I walked North, past the Brooklyn Bridge then up through Little Italy, finally past the Puck Building and then to my postage stamp sized apartment on 17th Street (between Irving and 3rd).  I’d run up the 4 flights of stairs to my apartment, change clothes, grab my roller blades, run down the stairs, buckle on the skates and roll WEST to the Hudson River.  A paved promenade lead all the way down the island’s Hudson River edge to Battery Park.  The river sparkled with the setting sun, the sky blazing in breathtaking hues of orange, purple and red.  And slowly, the Statue of Liberty would come into view.  I saw her standing there hundreds of times and she never failed to strike me with awe and joy.

I sure wish I had known this song.  I would have stood there every night and sung it for everyone…or no one, just me and Lady Liberty.

I’ll be singing it now, though, with the beautifully illustrated books, “Emma’s Poem” and “Lady Liberty.”

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This is a nice karaoke track, repeating the poem’s excerpt 3 times in a singable key and with a thoughtful tempo:
http://www.amazon.com/Irving-Berlin-Karaoke-Version-Instrumental/dp/B003CPHFCG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1275843617&sr=8-2

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I like especially that this sing-along track repeats the song thrice, allowing kids to think about the song’s message and to quickly memorize and sing-along to create a shared experience.

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Here’s a link to the karaoke track with teaching vocals, in case you need help matching the words to the tune:
http://www.amazon.com/Irving-Berlin-Karaoke-Version-Teaching/dp/B003CPBS1A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1275843617&sr=8-1

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Find a terrific resource for information about the Statue of Liberty, here:
http://www.hudsonlights.com/liberty.htm

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A wiki article about the poem “The New Colossus,” here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Colossus

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A few personal pictures of the Statue of Liberty from a Family Gleichenhaus trip to NYC in late August 2010:


I took this one through the window of the ferry.  She’s an amazing sight.


I took this picture from the foot of her pedistal.


My daughter Eloise and I with Lady Liberty.  My son Mo had no interest in being in a picture with me looking so silly!
I hummed “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor” through the whole visit!

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Eloise with Stature of Liberty, September 2011

Elosie made this picture soon after we returned from a family trip to NYC.  We took a photo of her with this same pose.  It’ll be a sweet addition to the post about Irving Berlin’s song “Give Me Your Tired Your Poor,” a musical setting of the Emma Lazarus poem, “The New Colossus,” which has been illustrated into a number of beautiful Singable Picture Books,
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/07/give-me-your-tired-your-poor-a-singable-poem-in-picture-books/

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Addendum, 6/17/2014

Facebook post from the United States National Archives shares the deed of gift for the Statue of Liberty (given on July 4, 1884) which arrived in New York Harbor June 17, 1885.

National Archives Identifier: 595444

See the document and examine it with marvelous zoomed clarity, here:
http://research.archives.gov/description/595444

Deed of Gift of Statue of Liberty

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Addendum, 2/22/2017

I’ve begun singing Irving Berlin’s setting of a section of Emma Lazarus’ poem THE NEW COLOSSUS with kids in their classrooms.

As I began singing it, though, I kept thinking that I should read them the whole poem (an Italian Sonnet, just a total of 14 lines) so that they know from what the little song comes.

It has worked very nicely to turn the whole thing into a piece.  It gives a chance to talk about the Statue of Liberty, the history which brought her to her pedestal in New York Harbor, and the story of the immigrants who came on boats, landing at Ellis Island, seeking a better life in the United States of America.

I made a book that includes the whole poem, with pictures, to share with the children.  Someone is usually available to volunteer and hold the book and turn pages, while I read the poem and then sing the last lines that make up the song:

new-colossus-song-sheet-w-music-sbwe
THE NEW COLOSSUS (song Give Me Your Tired Your Poor)
Poem by Emma Lazarus
Music by Irving Berlin
Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
new-colossus-song-sheet-w-music-sbwe

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Addendum, 2/23/2017

Just a few days ago, my husband and I watched The DeliMan Movie, a documentary about Jewish delicatessens that used to be found on almost ever street in New York City and on many streets in many cities all over the USA.  Sadly, most have closed up shop, but a few remain.

The thing which relates to GIVE ME YOUR TIRED YOUR POOR is the extent to which these delis catered to immigrant populations new to America.  Later in the movie, somewhere at the beginning of the last quarter, the father of the DeliMan (Ziggy) talks about coming to America on the boat and seeing the Statue of Liberty and feeling her warm welcome and he knew this country would be his home. I was so touch by that, knowing Emma Lazarus’ poem that says, “From her beacon-hand glows worldwide welcome.”  I hope that we can continue to be such a beacon of hope to people all over the world who want to escape difficult circumstances to make wonderful new lives, with freedom and possibility, in the United States of America.  I think that is the ideal for which we should continue to stand.

http://www.delimanmovie.com/

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Related Posts

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GIVE ME YOUR TIRED YOUR POOR, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/07/give-me-your-tired-your-poor-a-singable-poem-in-picture-books/

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The New Colossus and Give Me Your Tired Your Poor, a song sheet for the poem and song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/the-new-colossus-and-give-me-your-tired-your-poor-a-song-sheet-for-the-poem-and-song/

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Guitar chords, a sing along sheet, a sing along book, and a scratch vocal for GIVE ME YOUR TIRED, YOUR POOR
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2017/01/29/guitar-chords-a-sing-along-sheet-a-sing-along-book-and-a-scratch-vocal-for-give-me-your-tired-your-poor/

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AMERICAN HISTORY IN ILLUSTRATED SONG
A list of Patriotic Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Singable Picture Books of the Great American Songbook and Michael Feinstein’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/american-songbook-singable-picture-books-and-michael-feinsteins-foundation-for-the-preservation-of-the-great-american-songbook/

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POETRY: SING BOOKS WITH EMILY SONGBOOK SERIES (SBWE SBS)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/sing-books-with-emily-songbook-series-poetry/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS
A List of Illustrated Compilations of Children’s Poetry with Singable Poems
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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A Beautiful 1884 Deed of Gift from France for the Statue of Liberty Further Illuminates Irving Berlin Song Based on Emma Lazarus Poem

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2 Responses to "Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor (“The New Colossus,” A Singable Poem in Picture Books)"

I wanted to share my favorite picture book list with you from my blog at http://www.pragmaticmom.com/?page_id=1919

It’s Favorite Picture Books that You’ve Never Heard of.

Pragmatic Mom
Type A Parenting for the Modern World

http://PragmaticMom.com
I blog on children’s lit, education and parenting

What makes poetry so wonderful is the fact that it involves all of life, every concern, every desire, and every feeling. If something has some great significance to a person’s existence, then it has a great significance in poetry as well.

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