Also from Murray Cox:
Presenting the Gettysburg Address: I came across the following description of Lincoln’s presentation of the Gettysburg Address, with the source cited as an article by George Gitt, “Frist Meetings with Lincoln in War Day,:, Liberty magazine, November 1933.
“Lincoln began to speak. Word followed word so slowly that the value of each syllable was unduly magnified. ‘Fourscore and seven years ago our forefathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation’-here there was a decided pause; this pause I well remember because I held my breath, wondering what had happened to cause it-‘conceived in liberty’-another pause and more high emphasis, this time on the word ‘liberty’-‘and dedicated to the proposition that all mean are created equal.’
Beginning with the next sentence he spoke more rapidly, but somewhere near the middle of the address he slowed again to the tempo of the opening words…The deep resonant voice contineud:’…whether tath nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.’ These words were spoken very slowly indeed. With the next sentence he quickened his delivery, and when he came to the ‘gave the last full measure of devotion,’ tears trickled down his cheeks…”