"Abraham Lincoln Gettysburg Address to Union Soldiers"

Forscore 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 on a great battlefield of that war. We are met
to dedicate a portion of it as the final resting place of
those who have given 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 power to add or to detract.

The world will very little note nor long remembeer 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 that 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 honered 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
the nation shall, under God, have a new birth of freedom,
and that government of the the people, by the people, for
the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Abraham Lincoln


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