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    this version of the poem in high school choir over four decades ago.

    I'm sure yours is equally good.  One quibble I have is that in the last stanza, someone coming across the border would probably call it the Rio Bravo, but no biggie.  Artistic license and all that.

    There is no higher achievement in life than to make a child laugh.

    by Fiddler On A Hot Tin Roof on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 05:49:32 AM PDT

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      Was not aware of that. But I'll have to use my license because that would put me in a bind for the rhyme.

    •  I sang it with different lyrics in Jr. High (1+ / 0-)
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      Joealan

      about 5 decades ago.  The sheet music had a second line of phonetic-spelling text below the English words -- I always supposed that was so new immigrants (non- or ESL- English speakers) could sing it.

      'Geeeev meee yoooor taaayhrd, yooor poooor' -- something like that.

      If Lazarus wrote in 1883, it would have been current in the next decades as the European/East European immigrants flooded the country, including my mother's people.  I always imagined that song being used in setting like Hayes House in Chicago, the 'settlement houses' in urban areas where immigrants could find not just hot meals but help in finding jobs, instruction in job skills and householding skills (remember 'The Settlement Cookbook?'), and instruction in becoming citizens.  I can well imagine settlement-house choirs rehearsing using the same sheet music I held.

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