Biblical Allusions

Widows and Orphans

Taking care in the last words of his speech to note the importance of taking care of the soldiers from both sides as well as “his widow and his orphan,” the words of JAMES 1 : 27 must have been on Lincoln’s mind…

Fervent Prayer

In a flash of poetic brilliance, Lincoln expresses his optimism, “Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Lincoln is, in part, paraphrasing encouraging words from the first pastor of the first church in Jerusalem, James, son of Mary and Joseph, Jesus’ half-brother. “…pray one […]