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Abraham Lincoln's 
The Gettysburg Address

Additional Directions: Be prepared to discuss the effects of the parallel constructions and of the passive verbs.

1.)     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 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. 

2.     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. 

3.     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.