Abraham Lincoln


Should I disbelieve Lincoln?


About the nation in which God placed my birth?

“…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.”

Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address

I believe him.

I have faith.

—  that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain —

that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us

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.

The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract


But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate —— we can not consecrate —— we can not hallow —— this ground.

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.

We are met on a great battle-field of that war.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.

Our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

I propose, truth. 272 words of truth

That was the “Bliss Copy”. 

Diff from First Draft?

There are five copies.

I suppose no one has the time.