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Abraham Lincoln
The Gettysburg Address
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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 long endure. 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 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 earth.

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