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Gettysburg Address

Updated 2009-02-08 10:31

Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

A1Four score and seven years ago
A2our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation,
A3conceived in Liberty, and
A4dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
A5Now we are engaged in a great civil war,
A6testing whether that nation, or any nation,
A7so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
A8We are met on a great battle-field of that war.
A9We have come to dedicate a portion of that field,
A10as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives
A11that that nation might live.
A12It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.


B1But, in a larger sense,
B2we can not dedicate—
B3we can not consecrate—
B4we can not hallow—
B5this ground.
B6The brave men, living and dead,
B7who struggled here, have consecrated it,
B8far above our poor power to add or detract.
B9The world will little note,
B10nor long remember what we say here,
B11but it can never forget what they did here.


B12It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here
B13to the unfinished work which they who fought here
B14have thus far so nobly advanced.
B15It is rather for us to be here dedicated
B16to the great task remaining before us—
B17that from these honored dead we take
B18increased devotion to that cause for which
B19they gave the last full measure of devotion—
B20that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—
B21that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—
B22and that government of the people, by the people, for the people,
B23shall not perish from the earth.