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The Level and The Square

The Level and The Square by Rob Morris This poem, written in August 1854, is the most popular of the series. Fifteen Musical compositions have been set to it, and either as song or declamation it has gone the rounds of the Masonic world. We meet upon the level and we part upon the square […]

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The Press by Rudyard Kipling

The Soldier may forget his Sword, The Sailorman the Sea, The Mason may forget the Word And the Priest his Litany: The Maid may forget both jewel and gem, And the Bride her wedding-dress- But the Jew shall forget Jerusalem Ere we forget the Press ! Who once hath stood through the loaded hour Ere, […]

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CHRISTMAS DAY IN THE WORKHOUSE

This time of year i like to send a reminder about what I think Christmas should be about. Sometimes a dark warning does the job better that I ever could, so just so we think about the real side of life, please take the time to read. CHRISTMAS DAY IN THE WORKHOUSE (A Poem by […]

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The Builders – by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Builders by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) All are architects of Fate, Working in these walls of Time; Some with massive deeds and great, Some with ornaments of rhyme. Nothing useless is, or low; Each thing in its place is best; And what seems but idle show Strengthens and supports the rest. For the structure […]

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A Pilgrims Way – Rudyard Kipling

I do not look for holy saints to guide me on my way, Or male and female devilkins to lead my feet astray. If these are added, I rejoice—if not, I shall not mind, So long as I have leave and choice to meet my fellow-kind. For as we come and as we go (and […]

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The Level and The Square – Br. Robert Morris

We meet upon the Level and we part upon the Square What priceless words of meaning these words Masonic are Come, let us contemplate them, They are worthy of a thought; In the very walls of Masonry the sentiment is wrought. We meet upon the Level and from every station come The rich man from […]

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The Lambskin – Author Unknown

The Lambskin Author Unknown It is not ornamental, the cost is not great There are other things far more useful, yet truly I state, Tho’ of all my possessions, there’s none can compare, With that white leather apron, which all Masons wear. As a young lad I wondered just what it all meant, When Dad […]

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My New Cut Aslar – Rudyard Kipling

My New Cut Aslar Rudyard Kipling My New-Cut ashlar takes the light Where crimson-blank the windows flare. By my own work before the night, Great Overseer, I make my prayer. If there be good in that I wrought Thy Hand compelled it, Master, Thine– Where I have failed to meet Thy Thought I know, through […]

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Palace – Rudyard Kipling

Palace Rudyard Kipling When I was a King and a Mason, a Master proven and skilled, I cleared me a ground for a palace, such as a King should build. I decreed and cut down to my levels, but presently under the silt, I came on the wreck of a palace, such as a king […]

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The Farewell – Robert Burns

The Farewell Robert Burns Adieu ! a heart-warm fond adieu ! Dear brothers of the mystic tie ! Ye favour’d, ye enlighten’d few, Companions of my social joy ! Tho’ I to foreign lands must hie, Pursuing fortune’s slidd’ry ba’, With melting heart, and brimful eye, I’ll mind you still, tho’ far awa’. Oft, have […]

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