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Lincoln's Birthday Exercises



T INCOLN! Magical name. How the heart thrills at

■ >•) the memory of the wonderful life he lived! Chosen

of God for a mighty task, reared among difficulties

unsurmountable except by him ; Divinely inspired in words

and deeds ; no other life was like his.

Scholars enter with enthusiasm into the celebration of
Lincoln's Birthday. They love his name.

These exercises provide more material than will be
needed for one program. Select that best adapted to your
grade, but be sure to combine instruction with entertainment.
Let the program embrace an outline of Lincoln's life, and
describe his good qualities and character. Bmbellish the
program with his own words and pictures of his wonderful

Use decorations freely. They will add much to the




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Lincoln's Birthday Exercises.


Tune — " IIoUl the Fort."

O'er the land to-day is ringing,
Praise of Lincoln's name ;

Childish voices now are singing
Lincoln's glorious fame.

Yes, we love the name of Lincoln ;

Lincoln good and true ;
Under God he saved the nation ;

Saved for me, for you.

He had sworn to do his duty,

Sworn to do the right ;
And our Flag, in all its beauty,

Saved from foeman's spite.

Lord ! we come to thee, confessing,

Bound in sin were we ;
Lincoln, working with thy blessing,

Wrought and we are free.

JV. IV. Stone.


Have ready short papers by the scholars on the following:: subjects :

a. Lincoln's Boyhood.

/;. Lincoln's Early Manhood. (See McClure's " Early Life of Lincoln"
for material on these two topics.)

c. Lincoln's Political Speeches.

d. Lincoln as President.

e. Lincoln's Character.
/. Lincoln's Religion.

{Material on these topics may be found in any of the many lives of Lincoln.
For the last topic, see especially The Christian Advocate, of February 27, 1896, or

The Independent, of April 4, 1895.")




By Alice E. Allen. From Primary Education.
Enter: — Seven small boys, each carrying large letter of bright red paper.
All recite : {May be sung, if desired, to tune of " Ya7ikee Doodle. ''^
We're seven boys of seven kinds,
Each brings a bright red letter ;
We've much to say this holiday,
That all may love it better.
First : {Stepping forward and holding out letter.)

This "L#" is a big one, but means " little lad,"
And also "log hut," the first home that he had.
Second: {As above.)

To him " I" meant " Indians," — many were near,
But still in the forest he played without fear.
Third :

"N" says there were no schools, like ours, for small boys.
And tells of no games and no fun and no toys.
Fourth :

My " C" means his cap. 'Twas the funniest kind —
'T was made out of coon-skin — the tail hung behind.



This round " O " says older and older he grew,
A strong little fellow, quite honest and true.

My " L," tells of lessons he liked and he learned,
And then how the love of all people he earned.
Seventh :

My " ]S " means the " Nation " so great and so grand.
He ruled when a man — our own noble land.

All {recite or sin g^:

We're seven boys of seven kinds,
Each one has shown his letter,
And said his say upon this day,
That all may love it better.
Beginning with the first each lifts his letter high and names it clearly. After
the seventh has named his, all pronoimce


77^1? 7vhole school may ?iow recite the motto :

" God make us worthy of the memory of Abraham Lincoln."

— Phillips Brooks.



For a Boy.

Our Lincoln, when he was a boy,

Was very tall and slim.
You see I'm just a littlp tall;

I wonder if I look like him.

Our Lincoln, when he was a boy, -^^

Was very brave and very true.
To-day I'm just a little brave;

In this I'm like our Lincoln, too.

Our Lincoln, when he was a man,

Was loved and honored everywhere.
I'll be the man that Lincoln was,

To do this I must now prepare.


An Exercise for Four Pupils.

LincoMs picture may be placed upon an easel. The first three who speak
may lay a bit of evergreen at the bottom of the picture — where it rests upon the easel.
The last one who speaks may slip a laurel wreath down over one of the uprights of
the easel,

1. To-day I bring this laurel fair,

For him our hero grand.
For Lincoln's name is dear to all
Throughout this whole broad land.

2. My evergreen I bring for him,

His heart was true and brave ;
In all his work, in all his deeds.
The best he always gave.

3. Our country, strong and grand to-day,

He joined in love and might.
His praise we sing, his name we love;
His life was pure and right.

4. And so this crown of evergreen

Is for our hero great.
He saved our country. Freedom gave;
O, praise him, every State !

— American Primary Teacher.



First Pupil {carrying an armful of books, "-Robinson Crusoe," '^Filgritn's
Progress," ''Life of Washington," Bible, ''History of the United States"):

The books were. few that Lincohi had,

He read the Bible, histories, too,
"The Life of Washington " charmed the lad,

And "Pilgrim's Progress" he read through.

Second Pupil (joith small shovel, ax, and hoe):
Our Lincoln worked from morn till night,

He swung the ax and tilled the land,
Each duty met with will and might.

Each deed was brave and true and grand.

Third Pupil {carrying s7vord and fag):

In war, in peace, throughout each day

He planned for every state.
And safely, through a dangerous way,

Brought Union, Freedom great.


With joy and truth we celebrate

His birthday every year.
Long live our Lincoln true and great.

For him give hearty cheer.


Let the roll M called and the Scholars respond to their nafnes by quoting one
of the Lincoln Epigrams.

We can not escape history.

Let none falter who thinks he is right.

If slavery is not wrong, then nothing is wrong.

Come what will, I will keep my faith with friend and foe.

All that I am, all that I hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.

There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law.

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it.

I authorize no bargains for the presidency, and will be bound by none.


For thirty years I have been a temperance man, and I am too old to

No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's

Gold is good in its place ; but living, brave, and patriotic men are better
than gold.

This Government must be preserved in spite of the acts of any man, or
set of men.

Nowhere in the world is presented a Government of so much liberty and

Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man's nature — opposition to it in
his love of justice.

If I live, this accursed system of robbery and shame in our treatment of
the Indians shall be reformed.

In law, it is good policy never to plead what you need not, lest you
oblige yourself to prove what you can not.

Understanding the spirit of our institutions to aim at the elevation of men,
I am opposed to whatever tends to degrade them.

The reasonable man has long since agreed that intemperance is one of the
greatest, if not the greatest, of all evils among mankind.

The purposes of the Almighty are perfect, and must prevail, though we
erring mortals may fail accurately to perceive them in advance.

I know that the Lord is always on the side of right; but it is my con-
stant anxiety and prayer that I and this Nation should be on the Lord's side.

Many free countries have lost their liberty, and ours may lose hers; but
if she shall, be it my proudest plume, not that I was the last to desert, but
that I never deserted her.

By a course of reasoning, Euclid proves that all the angles in a triangle
are equal to two right angles. Now, if you undertake to disprove that prop-
osition, would you prove it false by calling Euclid a liar ?

I am profitably engaged reading the Bi])le. Take all of this book upon
reason that you. can, and the balance on faith, and you will live and die a
better man. (Said to Joshua Speed, about a year before the President's

With malice toward none ; with charity for all ; with firmness in the right,
as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in ;
to bind up the Nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne
the battle, and for his widow and his orphans — to do all which may
achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all



{These may be recited or read by the pupils, or %voven into a dialogue, each
pupil telling which he likes best. )

Shortly after he was inaugurated, when ofifice-seekers were besieging him,
and important news of the outbreak in the South was coming to him hourly,
he said : "I am like a man so busy in letting rooms in one end of his house,
that he can not stop to put out the fire that is burning the other end."

To his cabinet, who asked him whether it would be right to allow the
archtraitor, Jacob Thompson, to slip out of the country disguised, Mr. Lincoln
replied: "Well, let me tell you a story. There was an Irish soldier here
last summer who wanted something to drink stronger than water, and stopped
at a drug store where he espied a soda fountain. ' Mr. Doctor,' said he,
' give me, plaze, a glass of soda water, and if you can put in a few drops of
whisky unbeknown to anyone I'll be obleeged.' Now," continued Mr. Lin-
coln, "if Jake Thompson is permitted to go through Maine unbeknown to
anyone, what the harm ? So don't have him arrested."

One day the Hon. Thaddeus Stevens called with an elderly lady in great,
trouble, whose son had been in the army, but for some offense had been
court-martialed, and sentenced either to death or imprisonment at hard labor
for a long term. There were some extenuating circumstances, and after a full
hearing the President turned to the Representative and said: "Do you think
this is a case which will warrant my interference?" " With my knowledge of
the facts and the parties," was the reply, "I should have no hesitation in
granting a pardon." "Then," returned Mr. Lincoln, "I will pardon him;"
and he proceeded forthwith to execute the paper. The gratitude of the
mother was too deep for expression, save by her tears.

When a friend brought to his attention the fact that a member of his
Cabinet was seeking for the nomination, while Mr. Lincoln was candidate for
renomination, the President accepted the announcement with the utmost good
humor and said : " My brother and I were once plowing corn on a Kentucky
farm, I driving the horse and he holding the plow. The horse was lazy, but
on one occasion rushed across the field so that I, with long legs, could hardly
keep pace with him. On reaching the end of the furrow I found an enor-
mous ' chin fly ' fastened upon him, and knocked him off. My brother asked
me what I did that for. I told him I didn't want the old horse bitten in that

way. 'Why,' said my brother, 'That's all that made him go.' If Mr.

has a presidential ' chin fly ' biting him, I'm not going to knock him off, if it
will only make his department go."


After Mr. Lincoln's nomination jn i860, an admiring hatter sent him a
new silk hat. Mr. Lincoln put it on, and walked to the glass to see if it fitted,
and remarked to his wife: "Well, wife, we are going to have some new
clothes anyway."

Mr. Lincoln's good nature was such that even in the busy war times he
received almost everybody who had a grievance, and would even give pre-
cious time to those who had no particular claim upon his attention. On one
occasion Robert Dale Owen called upon him to read him a long manuscript,
on one of the abstruse subjects with which that rather erratic thinker loved to
deal. Mr. Lincoln heard him patiently all through, and when the author
looked up to him for his opinion, responded: " Well, for those who like that
sort of thing, I should think that is just the sort of thing they would like."


"Well, my child," he said, in his pleasant, cheerful tone, "what do you
want so bright and early in the morning ? "

" Bennie's life, please," faltered Blossom.

"Bennie? Who is Bennie?"

" My brother, sir. They are going to shoot him for sleeping at his post."

"Oh, yes;" and Mr. Lincoln ran his eye over the papers before him.
" I remember. It was a fatal sleep. You see, child, it was a time of special
danger. Thousands of lives might have been lost for his culpable negligence."

" So my father said," replied Blossom gravely; " but poor Bennie was so
tired and Jemmie so weak. He did the work of two, sir, and it was Jemmie's
night, not his; but Jemmie was too tired, and Bennie never thought about
himself, that he was tired, too."

"What is this you say, child? Come here; I do not understand," and
the kind man caught eagerly, as ever, at what seemed to be a justification of
an offense.

Blossom went to him : he put his hand tenderly on her shoulder and
turned up the pale, anxious face toward his. How tall he seemed ! and he
was the President of the United States, too. But Blossom told her simple and
straightforward story, and handed Mr. Lincoln Bennie's letter to read.

He read it carefully, then, taking up his pen, wrote a few hasty lines and
rang his bell.

Blossom heard this order given : " Send this dispatch at once."

The President then turned to the girl and said: "Go home, my child,
and tell that father of yours, who could approve his country's sentence even
when it took the life of a child like that, that Abraham Lincoln thinks the life


far too precious to be lost. Go back — or wait until to-morrow. Bennie will
need a change after he has so bravely faced death; he shall go with you."

" God bless you, sir," said Blossom; and who shall doubt that God heard
and registered the request ?

Two days after this interview the young soldier came to the White House
with his little sister. He was called into the President's private office and a
strap fastened upon his shoulder. Mr. Lincoln then said: "The soldier that
could carry a sick comrade's baggage and die for the act so uncomplainingly
deserves well of his country." Then Bennie and Blossom took their way to
their green mountain home. A crowd gathered at the Mill depot to welcome
them back ; and as Farmer Owen's hand grasped that of his boy, tears flowed
down his cheeks, and he was heard to say fervently : "The Lord be praised!"



"Who shall measure the usefulness of the life of such a man, and who
shall hope to do his memory justice ? In the long range and course of time,
come what may — whether a republic grounded on the immovable foundations
of justice and freedom, approved after long experience and ages of human
happiness as the best form of human government still standing, or whether a
republic, tore into factions and rent by the mad ambitions of men, in ruins —
this monument, an enduring testimonial to humble life, glorious deeds, and
shining example of the great citizen and martyr, will stand for the illumination
of all men of every clime, nationality and condition, who in search of the
highest aims and loftiest purposes of life shall come to this fountain for inspi-
ration and hope. Here the humble may take new courage, the proud learn
humility, the ambitious, that the true way to greatness lies through industry,
integrity and patriotism, and all men that only the good can be truly great.
In no other country under the sun could the obscure boy have found his
way through the long succession of mysteries and grave events to such em-
inence and power ; and where and in what can one be found who wielded
power with such grace,' humility and wisdom? The living assign him his
proper place in the affections of all men. Posterity, profoundly moved by the
simplicity of his private life, elevated and enlightened by the purity and splen-
dor of his administration and public services, can not fail to fix his place
amongst those who shall rank highest in their veneration. He has gone to the
firmament of Washington, and a new light shines down upon his beloved
countrymen from the American constellation."



"To know him personally was to love and respect him for his great qualities
of heart and head, and for his patience and patriotism. With all his disap-
pointments from failures on the part of those to whom he had intrusted com-
mand, and treachery on the part of those who had gained his confidence but
to betray it, I never heard him utter a complaint, nor cast a censure for bad
conduct or bad faith. It was his nature to find excuses for his adversaries.
In his death the Nation lost its greatest hero. In his death the South lost its
most just friend."


"Abraham Lincoln is one of America's immortals. He grows in the
affections of the people with each passing year. He was a product of our
civilization, reared among the people, and their friend. As an orator, he has
seldom, if ever, been surpassed in simplicity of expression and force of argu-
ment ; as a patriot, he was wholly devoted to his country's welfare and fol-
lowed lofty ideals ; as a statesman, he fought principles rather than men, and
thus avoided the bitterness of personal antagonisms. His birth, his boyhood,
his political contests, his public life and his tragical death combined to give
him an unique place in our Nation's history."


"Where did Shakespeare get his genius? Where did Mozart get his
music? Whose hand smote the lyre of the Scottish ploughman and stayed the
life of the German priest? God, God, and God alone; and as surely as these
were raised up by God, inspired by God was Abraham Lincoln ; and a thou-
sand years hence no story, no tragedy, no epic poem will be filled with greater
wonder, oi be followed by mankind with deeper feeling than that which tells
of his life and death."


" What we need in this country is the emancipation proclamation and the
Stars and Stripes at every American polling place. We need a revival of the
American flag. Let it float over every American school-house; let- the true
story of every American battlefield be taught at every school.

" It does not matter whether the American cradle is rocked to the music
of ' Yankee Doodle ' or the lullaby of ' Dixie,' if the flag of the Nation is dis-
played above it. Our Nation has stood for twelve decades, a menace to
oppression, the hope of the oppressed, mother of republics ; her lullaby is
sung over every cradle of liberty throughout the world.


"On freedom's roll of honor the name of Abraham Lincoln is written
first. The colossal statue of his fame stands forever on the pedestal of a peo-
ple's love. About it are the upturned glorified faces of an emancipated race ;
in its protecting shadow, liberty, equal rights, and justice are the heritage of
every American citizen ; the sunshine of approving heaven rests upon it like
an infinite benediction, and over it calmly floats the unconquered flag of the
greatest Nation of the earth."


"As we study the characteristics which made Lincoln great and suc-
cessful, we find them not in the usual gifts of great statesmen. They were an
instinct for the right, a comprehension of justice, a boundless sympathy and
compassion, an intense and yearning love for his fellows and their welfare
which knew neither rank nor race, but gathered within its boundless charity
all mankind. The force and effect of this power in Lincoln can be best illus-
trated by the contrast between him and his great antagonist, Douglas. In
any condition of the country's affairs, when great moral questions were not at
issue, Stephen A. Douglas would have been President.

"A clerk in a store on starvation wages, a storekeeper without capital,
and his business sold out by the sheriff, a surveyor earning ten or fifteen
dollars a month, and a lawyer with no other equipment than Blackstone and
the statutes of Illinois — such was Lincoln at a period when the accomplished
and cultured Douglas was already the idol of his State. And yet this, on the
threshold of such a career, with such surroundings, such teachings, and such
impressions ; in the midst of a community which drank, Lincoln was a tem-
perate man ; in the midst of a community that swore, Lincoln was free from
blasphemy; in the midst of a community not highly moral, Lincoln was as
pure as an angel ; in the midst of a community which regarded the negro as
no better than the horse or the mule, Lincoln was an abolitionist.

" He did not represent hereditary privileges, for he came from the plainest
of the plain people ; he did not represent heredity, for he had none ; he did
not represent the colleges or the universities, for he knew them not; he did
not represent capital and great accumulations, for he had neither ; but he did
represent the toiler upon the farm, in the workshop, upon the highway, in the
factory, anywhere, everywhere where honest men and honest women were
striving to better their conditions and to illustrate the dignity of labor and the
nobility of American citizenship.

"Lincoln knew nothing of the dignity, so far as it is expressed in man-
ner and dress, which belongs to high station. The instinctive sense of pro-
priety and consciousness of superiority and greatness which hedged Washington
was absent in him. The test of greatness is the wearing of the halo. It


destroyed Napoleon, it ruined two-thirds of the generals in the war, it has
driven great and little politicians, from the commencement of our republic
until now, into obscurity. But Lincoln was never troubled as to the size of
his head. He never overestimated nor underestimated who he was, what he
was, nor what he represented. He never forgot where he came from, and
never lost sight of the fact that except by the accident of position he was
neither better nor worse than those who placed him in the Presidential chair.
He possessed what no other ruler ever did, or, if he did, no other ruler dared
to use, the power of humor. The portentous solemnity of our public men
pervades our political atmosphere, even to depressing melancholy. The less
the statesman knows the more solemn he is, the thicker his head, the more
owlish his bearing."

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