THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS
Address delivered at the dedication of the cemetery
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, on thiscontinent, 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 consecrate ―we can not hallow ― this ground.
The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to addor 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 theliving, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for usto 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 here 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 notperish from the earth.
November 19, 1863