Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg
Four score and seven years ago our
fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived
in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created
Now we are engaged in a great civil
war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived
and so dedicated can long endure.
We are met on a great battle field
of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field,
as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that
that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that
we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not
dedicate - we can not consecrate - we can not hallow - this ground.
The brave men, living and dead, who
struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power
to add or detract.
The world will little note, nor long
remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they
It is for us the living, rather, to
be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought
here have thus far so nobly advanced.
It is rather for us to be here dedicated
to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored
dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave
the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve
that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation,
under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government
of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish
from the earth.
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