Lincoln s Inaugural Address

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My countrymen, one and all, think calmly and 'well' upon this whole subject. Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time. If there be an object to 'hurry' any of you in hot haste to a step which you would never take 'deliberately', that object will be frustrated by taking time; but no good object can be frustrated by it. Such of you as are now dissatisfied still have the old Constitution unimpaired, and, on the sensitive point, the laws of your own framing under it; while the new Administration will have no immediate power, if it would, to change either. If it were admitted that you who are dissatisfied hold the right side in the dispute, there still is no single good reason for precipitate action. Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him who has never yet forsaken this favored land are still competent to adjust in the best way all our present difficulty.
In 'your' hands, my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen, and not in 'mine', is the momentous issue of civil war. The Government will not assail 'you'. You can have no conflict without being yourselves the aggressors. 'You' have no oath registered in heaven to destroy the Government, while I shall have the most solemn one to "preserve, protect, and defend it."
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 battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone 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.

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Word Lists:

Frustrated : feeling or expressing distress and annoyance, especially because of inability to change or achieve something

Impaired : weakened or damaged

Momentous : (of a decision, event, or change) of great importance or significance, especially in its bearing on the future

Battlefield : the piece of ground on which a battle is or was fought

Loath : reluctant; unwilling

Reliance : dependence on or trust in someone or something

Chord : a group of (typically three or more) notes sounded together, as a basis of harmony

Patriotism : the quality of being patriotic; devotion to and vigorous support for one's country

Precipitate : cause (an event or situation, typically one that is bad or undesirable) to happen suddenly, unexpectedly, or prematurely

Forsake : abandon (someone or something)


Additional Information:

Rating: B

Words: 293

Unique Words : 169

Sentences : 15

Reading Time : 1:18

Noun : 76

Conjunction : 22

Adverb : 23

Interjection : 0

Adjective : 28

Pronoun : 30

Verb : 58

Preposition : 33

Letter Count : 1,329

Sentiment : Positive

Tone : Neutral

Difficult Words : 74

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