Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

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

now we are engaged in a great civil war

testing whether that nation or any


so conceived and so dedicated can long



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 all together 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


above our poor power to add or detract


the world will little note nor long


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


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


by the people for the people

shall not perish from the earth