FOURSCORE 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
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 the 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 poor
power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember,
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 freedom and that government of the
people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the