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"Mystic Chords of Memory"

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"Mystic Chords of Memory"

Sixteen Lyrics of Lincoln

1."Copybook Verses"
Gentryville, Indiana, 1824-1826
“Abraham Lincoln
his hand and pen
he will be good
but god knows When
Abraham Lincoln his hand and pen
he will be good but god knows When…
Abraham Lincoln is my nam[e]
And with my pen I wrote the same
I wrote in both hast and speed
and left it here for fools to read”
2."First Campaign Statement"
New Salem, Illinois, March 9, 1832
3."Lyceum Address"
Springfield, Illinois, Janaury 27,1838
“At what point then is the approach to danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot be from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and its finisher. As a nation, of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”
4."A House Divided"
Springfield, Illinois, June 16, 1858
“‘A house divided against itself cannot stand.’ I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved---I do not expect the house to fall---but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or
all the other.”
5. First Debate with Stephen Douglas
Ottawa, Illinois, August 21, 1858
“I have no prejudice against the Southern people. They are just what we would be in their situation. If slavery did not now exist among them, they would not introduce it. If it did now exist amongst us, we should not instantly give it up.
6. Cooper Union Address
New York City, February 27, 1860
7. Farewell Address
Springfield, Illinois, February 11, 1861
“I now leave, not knowing when, or whether ever, I may return with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington. Without the assistance of that Divine Being, who ever attended him, I cannot succeed. With that assistance I cannot fail. Trusting in Him...let us confidently hope that all will yet be well...I bid you an affectionate farewell."

“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.”
8. "First Inaugural Address"
Washington D.C., March 4, 1861
I, as Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, do order and declare that on the first day of January in the year of Our Lord one thousand, eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any state or states, wherein the constitutional authority of the United States shall not then be practically recognized, submitted to, and maintained, shall then, thenceforward, and forever, be free.”
9.First Draft of Emancipation
Washington D.C. July 22, 1862
“My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that."
10. Letter to Horace Greeley
Executive Mansion
Washington D.C., August 22, 1862
“Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history. We...will be remembered in spite of ourselves...The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation.We say we are for the Union. The world will not forget that we say this...In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free---honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best, hope of earth."
11. Annual Message to Congress
U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C. December 1, 1862

“The commanders of our armies in the field who have given us our most important successes, believe the emancipation policy, and the use of colored troops, constitute the heaviest blow yet dealt to the rebellion; and that, at least one of those important successes, could not have been achieved when it was, but for the aid of black soldiers...If they stake their lives for us, they must be prompted by the strongest motive---even the promise of freedom.And the promise being made, must be kept."
12. Letter to James Conkling
Executive Mansion, Washington D.C. August 26, 1863
13. "Gettysburg Address"
November 19, 1863
"Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the propositon that all men are created equal"
“If God now wills the removal of a great wrong, and wills also that we of the North as well as you of the South, shall pay fairly for our complicity in that wrong, impartial history will find therein new cause to attest and revere the justice and goodness of God.”

14. Letter to Albert Hodges
Washington D.C., April 4, 1864
“The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one...With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men's labor.”
15. Speech at Sanitary Fair
Baltimore, Maryland
April 18, 1864
“Fondly do we hope - fervently do we pray - that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that i continue, until all the wealth by the bondman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn by the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said ‘the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether’".
16. Second Inaugural Address
U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C.
March 4, 1865
“Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem. How far I shall succeed in gratifying this ambition, is yet to be developed."
Sixteen Lyrics of Lincoln
More books have been written about Abraham Lincoln than any other figure in American history. There are more than 8,000 biographies and specialized books that explore various aspects of the sixteenth president's life. He continues to inspire and engage Americans more than two hundred years after his birth. To truly appreciate Lincoln's significance, however, it is essential to look at the original sources, speeches, letters and images that help define the man and the times in which he lived. You, the student, will use this presentation to help do so.

Included here are sixteen of the greatest "lyrics" written by president #16. - from his early stages of life through his presidency, Lincoln's most memorable, quotable, seminal words are here. Lincoln's lyrics evoke beauty, compassion, forgiveness, loyalty, pride, sadness, trust, and understanding. His words have a simplicity, directness, and compression that approach poetry. Above all, by reading his writings we see how his views evolved over time. Much of Lincoln's greatness lay in his capacity for moral and political growth. This presentation seeks to capture Lincoln's poetic verse - his lyrics - in their briefest, yet most inspiring form.

lyr·ic ˈlirik
(of poetry) expressing the writer's emotions, usually briefly and in stanzas or recognized forms

Goals for Student Learning for "Mystic Chords of Memory":
Enhance student's ability to interpret and analyze primary source documents.
Foster the ability to think critically and to synthesize multiple sources of information.
Help students become informed citizens.
Lyrics of Lincoln
All primary sources courtesy of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the House Divided Project at Dickinson College and the Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln.
Lincoln (2012)
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