The Gettysburg Speech
Nine squared plus six years in the past, our sires brought forth on this land a new state, born in Free will and high on the thought that all men are made one and the same.
Now we are in the midst of a great war, which will test if that state, or some new state set up in such a way, can last for long. We are met on a great field where that war was fought. We have come to set off a part of that field as a last place of rest for those who here gave their lives that that state might live. It is as right as it can be that we should do this.
But, on a scale that is much more great, we can not set it off-we can not bless-we can not laud-this ground. The brave men, live and dead, who fought here, have blessed it, far more than we in our weak state can add to or take from it. The world won't note, nor keep in mind for all that long, what we say here, but it must not lose sight of what they did here. To look at it in a new light, it is for us who live to be here true to the great task which is yet to be done-that from these dead to whom we look up we take more of a pledge to that which they gave the last full sum of their vow-that we here well pledge that these dead shall not have died in vain-that this state, in the mind of God, shall have a new birth of free will-and that rule of the folks, by the folks, for the folks, shall not be lost from the Earth.
as told by Mark-->