ADDRESS DELIVERED AT THE DEDICATION OF THE CEMETERY AT GETTYSBURG

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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 equal. [30]

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. [24] We are met on a great battle-field of that war. [10] 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. [27] It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. [11]

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate--we can not consecrate--we can not hallow--this ground. [19] The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. [21] The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. [21] 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. [26] 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. [81]

ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
November 19, 1863.