Gettyspamburg Address

Transcript of the "Relay Draft"
of the Gettyspamburg Address

Two score and ten years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this planet, a new internet, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that "all people are created equal".

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that internet, or any internet so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle field of that war. We come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who died here, that the internet might live. This we may, in all propriety do. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow, this ground -- The brave men, women and children living and dead, who struggled here, have hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here.

It is rather for us, the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that, from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the internet, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that a web of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Modified slightly from the original

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origin: 2002 Feb 13
updated: 2011 Aug 24