Four score and seven years agoour 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 greatcivil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and sodedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. Wehave come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place forthose who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogetherfitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The bravemen, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above ourpoor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long rememberwhat 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 whofought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be herededicated to the great task remaining before us-that from these honored dead wetake increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measureof devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died invain—
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 fromthe earth.