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Saturday, January 28, 2006

The Gettysburg Address

Here is the famous Gettysburg Address delivered by President Abraham Lincoln (November 19, 1863 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania).
It is ,beyond doubt, recognised to be the greatest speech ever to have passed through a mortal human's mouth.
Nothing I have ever read matches it.
This speech was made to commemorate the dead soldiers in the Battle of Gettysburg ( a pretty bloody one).
Edward Everett - The main speaker at the event- spoke for nearly 2 hours and nobody remembers what he said. Lincoln spoke for less than 2 minutes (10 sentences) and what he said has been immortalised.
Infact, the Address has been carved in gold (in a famous musuem in England who's name escapes me at this moment) to show what can be done with the English Language.
It is things like these that you should go through to really understand what English is all about. Shakespeare, The Bible, Emerson...(Can't think of any others worthy enough right now !). That's what I'm talking about (And No, the John Grishams, Sidney Sheldons, Stephen Kings, Jane Austens etc do NOT fall in the same category, though they do have ardent followers).


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 battle field 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 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 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.

Matchless music in prose ...


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