Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS, by ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Poetry Explorer

Classic and Contemporary Poetry

THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: Fourscore and seven years ago
Last Line: Shall not perish from the earth.
Variant Title(s): At Gettysburg
Subject(s): American Civil War; Gettysburg Campaign (1863); Religion; United States - History; United States; Gettysburg, Battle Of; Theology; America

Fourscore and seven years ago
our fathers brought forth upon this continent
a new nation,
conceived in liberty,
aAnd 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 battlefield
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 cannot dedicate,
we cannot consecrate,
we cannot 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 fir 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, and for the people,
shall not perish from the earth.

Discover our Poem Explanations and Poet Analyses!

Other Poems of Interest...

Home: PoetryExplorer.net