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EXORDIUM (INTRODUCTION) Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on
Here Lincoln lays the
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this continent, a new nation, conceived in Li~rty, and .

foundations for his

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dedicated to the proposition that all men a~e created equal.'
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Now we ~re engaged in a great civil war; 'testing whether that
nation, or any nation so conceived and ~o dedicated, can long

endure. We are met on a great battlefleld of that war. ~

have come to dedicate a portion of t~at field as a final
resting-place for those who here g?ve their lives that that ~
nation might live. It is altogetfer
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we should do this.

AffGUMENT (BODY) But~ in a larger sense, we ca6not dedicate--we cannot
Here Lincoln seeks to
consecrate--we cannot hallorl--this ground. The brave men,
convince and to living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it, far
persuade, finally above our poor power to ~dd or detract. The world will little~
building to a .climax. note, nor long remember; what we say here, but it can never
forget what they did hkre. It is for us the living, rather,

to be dedicated here/~o the unfinished work which they who

~RohA'1'TON CONCLUSlo!'J fought here have th6s far so nobly advanced. . It is rather for
Here Lincoln offers us to be here ded}cated to the great task remaining before us--
a summary of his that from these ~onored dead we take increased devotion to
argument. that cause for,which they gave the last full measure of
devotion; thai we here highly resolve that these dead shall not
have died i9 vain; that this nation, under God, shall have~
new birth ~f freedom; and that government of the people, by
the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

A point to ponder: Speaking slowly, Lincoln delivered "The Gettysburg Address" in less
than three minutes. Dr. Edward Everett, the fiery Whig orator who had preceded Lincoln
on the program, spoke for almost two hours. Dr. Everett's response to Lincoln was, "I
should be glad if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the
occasion in two hours as you did in two minutes." ~

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