Dedication of the Maine Monuments at Gettysburg
October 3, 1889
One of the more popular Chamberlain quotes comes from this speech,
"In great deeds something abides. On great fields something stays.
Forms change and pass; bodies disappear but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls.
And reverent men and women from afar, and generations that know us not and that we know not of,
heart-drawn to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for them,
shall come to this deathless field, to ponder and dream; and lo!
the shadow of a mighty presence shall wrap them in its bosom, and the power of the vision pass into their souls.
This is the great reward of service To live far out and on in the life of others this is the mystery of the Christ,
- to give life's best for such high sake that it shall be found again unto life eternal."