Friday, March 4, 2011

On the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's First Inaugural

For all of us caught up in the "crises" of the moment and the 24 hour news cycle, it  is well to take time to read Lincoln's plain eloquence spoken at such an unimaginably awful time in our country's history--March 4, 1861. The last paragraph will bring tears to your eyes: 

"I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearth-stone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature." 

The enitre speech is here.

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