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 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.