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Full text of "The Gettysburg address .."

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THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS 

OF 

Abraham Lincoln 

NOVEMBER 19, 1863 



Copied fro7n Facsimile of the Original Manuscript published 
in ''The Century Magazine,''^ February , 1894. 

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this 
continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the prop- 
osition 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 battle field of that war. We have come to dedi- 
cate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who died here, that 
the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. 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 hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. 
The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while 
it can never forget what they did here. 

It is rather for us, the living, we here be 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 these dead shall not have died 

in vain ; that the nation, 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. 

Gift 

IS / \- 



Copied from Facsimile of the Final Revision published in ' 'Auto- 
graph Leaves of Our Coimtry's Aitthors,'' 1864- . 

ADDRESS DELIVERED AT THE DEDICATION OF THE CEMETERY 
AT GETTYSBURG. 

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 nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. 
We are met on a great battle-field 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 altogether 
fitting and proper that we should do this. 

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate— we can not conse- 
crate—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 remem- 
ber 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 advanced. 
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 free- 
dom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the 
people, shall not perish from the earth. 

ABRAHAM LINCOLN. 
November 19. 1863. 



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