MY BILLY SPEECH
"Fourscore and seven years ago our BILLYS brought forth, on this FORUM, a new USELESS BILLY THREAD, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all BILLYS are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great THREAD DEBATE, testing whether that BILLYS, or any BILLY so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We all met on a great USELESS BILLY THREAD. We have come to dedicate a portion of that THREAD, as a final resting-place for those BILLYS here gave their lives, that USELESS BILLY might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate—we cannot hallow—this ground. The brave BILLYS, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The BILLYS 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 BILLYS 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 BILLYS we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these BILLYS shall not have POSTED in vain—that this USLESS BILLY THREAD, under BOSS, shall have a new THREAD of freedom, and that BILLYS of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the USELESS BILLY THREADS."