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.
Four scor and seven yeers ago our faathers braut forth on thiss continent, a nue naition, conseevd in Liberti, and dedicaited tu the proposition that all men ar criáited eequel.
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.
Now wi ar engaijd in a grait sivil wor, testing whether that naition, or eni naition so conseevd and so dedicaited, can long enduer. Wi ar met on a grait batel-feeld ov that wor. Wi hav cum tu dedicait a portion ov that feeld, as a fynel resting plaiss for thoas hu heer gaiv thair lyvs that that naition myt liv. It is aultogéther fiting and proper that wi shood du thiss.
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.
But, in a larjer senss, wi can not dedicait – wi can not consicrait – wi can not halo – thiss ground. The braiv men, living and ded, hu strugeld heer, hav consicraited it, far abuv our poor power tu ad or ditract. The wurld wil litel noat, nor long rimember whot wi say heer, but it can never ferget whot thay did heer. It is for uss the living, rather, tu bee dedicaited heer tu the unfinishd wurk which thay hu faut heer hav thuss far so nobli advanssd. It is rather for uss tu bee heer dedicaited tu the grait task rimaining bifor uss – that from thees onerd ded wi taik increessd divoation tu that caus for which thay gaiv the last fool mezher ov divoation – that wi heer hyli risolv that thees ded shal not hav dyd in vain – that thiss naition, under God, shal hav a nue burth ov freedem – and that guvernment ov the peepl, by the peepl, for the peepl, shal not perrish from the urth.