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"cated in the several masonic lectures. The greatest and best of men in all ages have been encouragers and promoters of the art, and have never deomed it derogatory from their dignity, to level themselves with the fraternity, extend their privileges, and patronize their assemblies.
There are three great duties, which, as a Mason, you are charged to inculcate-to God, your neighbour, and yourself. To God, in never mentioning bis name, but with that reverential awe which is due from a creature to his Creator; to implore his aid in all your laudable undertakings, and to esteem him as the chief good; to your neigh. bour, in acting upon the square, and doing unto him as you wish he should do unto you; and to yourself, in avoiding all irregularity and intemperance, which may impair your faculties, or debase the dignity of your professjon. A zeal'ous attechment to these duties will ensure public and private esteem.
In the state, you are to be a quiet and peaceful subject, true to your goverpment, and just to your country; you are not to countenance disloyalty or rebellion, but patiently submit to legal authority, and conform with cheerfulness to the government of the country in which you live. :?
in your outward demeanor be particularly careful to avoid censure or reproach. Let not interest, favour, or prejudice, bias your integrity, or influence you to be guilty of a dishonourable action. Although your frequent appearance at our regular meetings is earnestly solicited, yet it is not meant that masonry should interfere with your necessary vocations ; for these are on no account to be neg. lected ; neither are you to suffer your zeal for the institution to lead you into argument with those who, through ignorance, may ridicule it. At your leisure hours, that you may improve in masonic knowledge, you are to converse with well informed brethren, who will be always as ready to give, as you will be ready to receive instruction.
† Finally, 'keep sacred and inviolable the mysteries of the order, as these are to distinguish you from the rest of the community, and mark your consequence a:nong Ma. sons. If, in the circle of your acquaintance, you find a person desirous of being initiated into masonry, be par. licularly attentive not to recommend him, unless you are convinced he will conform to our rules ; that the honour, glory, and reputation of the institution may be firmly es, tablished, and the world at large convinced of its good effects.
SONGS APPROPRIÀTED TO THE FIRST DEGREE.
COME let us prepare,
We, Brothers, that are,
Let's talk, laugh, and sing ;
Good cheer has a spring
Our secrets to gain,
They ne'er can go right,
Till they walk in the light,
They guess and they spell,
But never can tell
The gauge and the gavel,
The plumb, square, and level,
Great kings, dukes and lords,
Our mystical jewels to brace on,
And thought themselves famed
When lawfully named
We're true to the FAIR ;
And, if danger be there,
To shield her from harm,
To poverly's sbed,
The breast heaves a s.gti,
While a tear in the eye-
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Then join'd heart and hanu,
Our MASTER above
THE MYSTIC TEMPLE.
In darkness like midnight, and gloom like the grave
Buc birst strikes, in her soul-moving numbers
The roughness of Nature was smoothed by the GAVEL ;
And gaze on the TEMPLE where MASONS reside.
FELLOW.CRAFT. To exhaust the various scientific subjects with which this degree is conversaut, would require the longest life, and trapscend the powers of the most distinguished genius. It was designed to please and instruct the accomplished scholar and the ingenious artist.
SECTION FIRST. The ceremonies of introducing the initiated brother into this degree are all accurately elucidated in this section of the lecture.
« Thus he showed me; and behold the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumb-line, with a plumb-line in his hand. And the Lord said unto me, Amos, what seest
thou? And I said, A plumb-line. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumb-line in the midst of my people Israel : I will not again pass by them any more."--Amos vii. 7, 8.
The plumb, square, and level serve as a constant admoni. tion to the practice of every virtue.
The plumb is an instrument made use of, by operative Masons, to raise perpendiculars ; the square, to square their work; and the level to lay horizontals : but we, as free and accepted Masons, are taught to use them for more noble and important purposes. The plumb admodisbes us to walk uprighlly in our several stations before God and man ; squaring our actions by the square of virtue, ever remembering that we are travelling upon the level of time to that “ undiscovered country, from whose bourne no traveller returns."
SECTION SECOND. Masonry is considered under two denominations ; operative and speculative.
OPERATIVE MASONRY. By this we allare to a proper application of the useful rules of architecture, whence a structure may derive figure, strength, and beauty. It furnishes us with dwellings to shelter us from the inclemencies of the seasons, and demonstrates that a fund of science and industry is implanted in man for the most important purposes.
SPECULATIVE MASONRY. · This teaches us to subdue the passions, act upon the square, keep a tongue of good report, maintain secresy, and practice charity. It is so far interwoven with religion as to lay us under dew. obligations to pay that rational and vital homage to the Deity which constitutes, at once our duty and our happiness.
THE SABBATH. In six days God created the heavens and the earth, and rested from all his labours on the seventh. The Sabbath.