Today is President Abraham Lincoln's birthday, and the heading on today's reading reminds us of another story. Lincoln supposedly thought his Gettysburg Address was a failure. Today, we know it as one of the greatest speeches in American history. In Oxford, at Balliol College, Lincoln's words are cast on a bronze plaque to commemorate what that institution believes is the perfection of English prose.
Here we have the Gettysburg Address, the Emancipation Proclamation and a letter that Lincoln wrote to a mother who lost five of her sons fighting for the Union cause. Just a taste of the prose of one of the most eloquent presidents ever.