Independence Day Edition!

Special Independence Day edition of Going Public, featuring a bit of love, respect and patriotism for and from both sides of the Atlantic.

Letters Across the Atlantic, a Patriotic Poetry Mash-up

Featuring: Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, by William Wordsworth and The New Colossus, by Emma Lazarus
Read by Robin Sachs and Xe Sands

Xe writes…

Robin Sachs and I have one last trick up our sleeve, this one just a little something in celebration of our national pride and mutual respect.

Earth has not anything to show more fair:

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch,

The City now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning,

whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning.

silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;

an her name
Mother of Exiles.

All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.

From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome;

Never did sun more beautiful steep
In his first splendour, valley, rock or hill;

her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

Ne’er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!

“Keep, ancient lands, your stories pomp!” cries she
With silent lips.

The river glideth at his own sweet will:

“Give me your tired, your poor,
You huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

And all that mighty heart is lying still!

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