The Gettysburg Address

Four score and seven years ago
our forefathers brought forth on this continent a new nation,
conceived in liberty
and dedicated to the proposition
that all men are created equal.

We are met on a great battlefield 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 cannot dedicate,
we cannot consecrate,
we cannot 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 did here.

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.

Abraham Lincoln, November 19, 1863

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