"We shall either nobly save, or meanly lose, the
last great hope of mankind."
The Gettysburg Address
"...and that government of the people,
by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."
Delivered at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania,
on November 19, 1863.
"At nightfall on November 18, 1863, a special
train drew into the small station at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania,
and President Abraham Lincoln and his party alighted. They were
greeted by Judge David Wills, chairman of a committee supervising
the dedication of a cemetery nearby, in which the bodies of most
of the six thousand men killed in the Civil War battle fought there
the preceding July might rest. Few could have dreamed that the
President's brief address the following day would be remembered
as long as the battle itself."
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.
In the aftermath of his
assassination, Lincoln's soldiers mourn their commander...
by Rudyard Kipling
"If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, / Or, being
lied about, don't deal in lies, / Or, being hated, don't give
way to hating, / And yet don't look too good, nor talk too
"THE SPOKEN WEED"
by Senator Robert Byrd
"It is hard to imagine that our Founding Fathers would have
undercut their speech with any of the all too common fillers
that plague conversation today -- those 'ums' and 'uhs' and 'likes'
and especially that inanity of inanities: 'you know.' How silly
it is, how useless, what pure deadwood."