Thursday, July 06, 2006

SOME MASONIC TIDBITS


I ran across some short items and felt I would share them with you - editor

Ancient Definition
In The Farmers Almanac for 1823 published at Andover, Mass., the following was printed under the heading, "Character of a Freemason":

The real Freemason is distinguished from the rest of Mankind by the uniform unrestrained rectitude of his conduct. Other men are honest in fear of punishment which the law might inflect; they are religious in expectation of being rewarded, or in dread of the devil, in the next world. A Freemason would be just if there were no laws, human or divine except those written in his heart by the finger of his Creator. In every climate, under every system of religion, he is the same. He kneels before the Universal Throne of God in gratitude for the blessings he has received and humble solicitation for his future protection. He venerates the good men of all religions. He disturbs not the religion of others. He restrains his passions, because they cannot be indulged without injuring his neighbor or himself. He gives no offense, because he does not choose to be offended. He contracts no debts which he is certain he cannot discharge, because he is honest upon principal.


Poem: "Side-Liners"

Earl W. Owens, Belpre (Ohio) Lodge #609 PDDGM - 17th Masonic District of Ohio

There's a certain group of people Who, much credit never get. They do not give the Lectures Or in the Big Chair, ever set.

Just the "bearers of burden" These fellows of yours and mine. They give their all for the building Laying one stone at a time.

They will never be presented In the East for our applause. Still we could not do without them They're so important to our cause.

They do not see the Trestle Board Or behold the Grand Design. Just cheerfully give to their Master Laying one stone at a time.

So you tell me, as we gather Who with Grand Honors we show? Is it the Sailboats so lovely, Or the breeze that makes them go?

Alas! Well Done! Faithful servant You've run your race just fine. Enjoy the fruits of your Labor, From Laying one stone at a time!

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