Friday, November 19, 2010

November 19, 1863

The Gettysburg Address  Mort Kunstler
The Gettysburg Address
by Abraham Lincoln
Four score and seven years ago 
our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, 
a new nation, conceived in Liberty, 
and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

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 here on a great battlefield of that war. 
We have come to dedicate a portion of it 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 can never forget what they did here.

It is for us, the living, 
rather to be dedicated here 
to the unfinished work which they have, 
thus far, so nobly carried on. 
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 here gave the last full measure of devotion - 
that we here highly resolve 
that these dead shall not have died in vain; 
that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; 
and that this government of the people, 
by the people, 
for the people, 
shall not perish from the earth.

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