He had dinner. Then he went to his room to complete the speech he would give the next day. He worked for several hours. Finally, it was done.
The next morning, Lincoln -- on horseback -- led a slow parade to the new cemetery. A huge crowd waited before the place where Lincoln and the other important visitors would sit. Military bands played. Soldiers saluted.
The ceremonies began with a prayer. Then Edward Everett rose to speak.
Everett stood silent for a moment. He looked out across the battlefield and the crowds that now covered it. He began to talk about the Civil War and what had caused it. He spoke about Lee's invasion of the North. He told how northern cities would have fallen ※had Lee not been stopped at Gettysburg. He praised the men who had given their lives in the great battle.
Everett spoke for almost two hours. He closed his speech with the hope that the nation would come out of the war with greater unity than ever before. Then Lincoln stood up. He looked out over the valley, then down at the papers in his hand. He began to read:
"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.
【続く】※ score：［名詞］20; four score and seven years ago=87年前=1863-87=1776年=アメリカの独立
※ had Lee not been stopped at Gettysburg：もしも、リー将軍がゲチスバーグで阻止されていなかったとしたら