I have been thinking about school…how it was back when…back when students memorized poems and speeches and recited them in front of the class–or at back to school night in front of assemblies…when i was a kid we memorized poems and we memorized Abraham Lincoln’s The Gettysburg Address. My son even had to memorize it when he was in elementary school. It is a stirring speech….I love stirring speeches; perhaps because I love words. I just felt like posting it today. Hopefully the words will gladden your heart like they do mine. I love the speech—and Abraham Lincoln has special meaning to me because my Grandpa’s first name was Lincoln. Often if I was in a store with him he would hand the clerk back a penny and say to him/her “Have a Lincoln from a Lincoln”.
Hopefully my posting this speech will not upset someone–that is not my intent by any means. It just gladdens my heart. Such wonderful turns of phrases. Do you suppose Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson have their feet up on a log in heaven and exchange lovely phrases? Oh gosh, I surely hope so!
The Gettysburg Address
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon 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 here on a
great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it 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 add or detract.
The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but can never
forget what they did here.
It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the
unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. 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 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 shall have a new birth of freedom;
and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not
perish from the earth.
Lincoln had one thing wrong: “the world will little note nor long remember”—we did note and we shall always remember….