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Last Updated: 7/7/02
In great deeds, something abides. On great fields, something stays.
Forms change and pass; Bodies disappear, but spirits linger,
To consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls.
And reverent men and women from afar, and generations that
Know us not and that we know not of, heart-drawn to see
Where and by Whom great things were done for them,
Shall come to this deathless field, and Lo!
The shadow of a mighty presence shall wrap them in its bosom,
And the power of the vision pass into their souls...
Dedication of Gettysburg Battlefield
October 3, 1889