2009年3月1日 星期日

[英打] 林肯的蓋茲堡演說

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought firth 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 this nation might live.It is altogether fitting and proper that we should this.
But, in a large 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 ass 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 gavve the last full measure of devotion- tahe we here hightly resolve that these dead shall not have dide in vain-taht this nation, under God, Shall have anew birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for people, shall not perish from the earth.

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