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Old Time may keep beating, his numbers completing,

And wear out his wings in the region of years ; Bat Wisdom and BEAUTY shall teach us our duty,

Till the WORSHIPFUL MASTER in glory appears. The world may keep gazing, their senses amazing,

And rack their invention to find out the plan; We'll meet them with meekness, and pity their weakness, · And prove that a Mason's a virtuous man..

Let madmen invade us, and scribblers degrade us,

And the black en inej of mal ce combine; Thougo hell and her furies turn judges and juries,

With innocent lustre the order will shine. Like rocks in the ocean, we fear not the motion,

Of waves which attack us in foaming career; With truth and discretion, we still make progression,

And leave all the envy of fools in the rear.

While each in his station, with sweet admiration,

Beholds the fair temple of Wisdom arise; Let each faithful brother support one another,

Till the Lodge universal shall meet in the skies, With orient grandeur, and dazzling splendour,

The wide arch of heaven reflecting the blaze, When sisters and brothers, and millions of others,

Shall shine in the courts of the ANCIENT OF DAYS.

The scene is before us, we'll join in the chorus,

Let worlds and all beings unite in the song,
To God, the creator of wisdom and nature,

And ages eternal the anthem prolong
But when armies terrestrial, anà squadrons celestial,

Shall echo through heaven with music serene,
The majestic story falls short of its glory,

And silence expressive shall move on the scene.


Composed for this work by companion S. Brown.

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WHEN SCIENCE first came to enlighten mankind,
She sought, through the world, for a home to her mind,
Where Genius might lend her the aid of his fire,
And art, with her generous efforts, conspire.
She landed, at first, on the banks of the Nile ;
Thep visited Tyrus, the sea-circled Isle ;
In Greece she had :ravelled, but fled, in despair,
of finding her favourite residence there.

At length, half resolved to remount on her wing,
She heard of the wisdom of Israel's king,
Then straight to Moriah she hied her away,
And high, on its summit, recumbent she lag.

King Solomon saw her reclined on the cliff,
And sent the glad message to Hiram Abiff,'
Who flew to the Vision that blazed on his sight,
And clasp'd to his bosom the spirit of Light.

She taught him the use of the compass and square,
And how to erect the grand column in air ;
She taught him to work hy the level and line,
And gave him the corn, and the oil, and the wine,

She led him by threes, and by fives, and by sevens,
And show'd him the pathway that leads to the heavens,
Where sits the GRAND MASTER who surely will know
The craft that have zealously serv'd him below.


GENERAL REMARKS. FROM this class the rulers of regular bodies of Masons, iu the first three degrees, are selected. The lecture is dividest into three sections.

SECTION FIRST. The ceremony of raising a brother to this degree is here particularly specified, and much important instruction is communicated in this section.

The following passage of scripture is employed during the ceremonies.

o Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw oigh, when thou shalt say, I have po pleasure in them.

" While the sun, or the light, or the inoon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain :

* In the day whco the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened.

“And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of music shall be brought low.

" Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond-tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail; because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets.

" Or ever the silver cord he looged, or the golden bow! be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel be broken at the cistern.

“ Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was; and the spirit shall return to God who gave it."

The working tools of a master Mason are all the imple. ments of the craft indiscriminately, but more especially the trowel.

The TROWEL is an instrument used, by the operative builder, to spread the cement which unites the building into one common mass ; but we as free and accepted Masons are taught to make use of it for the more noble and important purpose of spreading the cement of brotherly love and affection, that cement which unites us into one sacred band, or society of friends and brothers.

SECOND SECTION. This section recites the historical traditions of the order; presenting to view an example of virtue, fortitude, and integrity, seldom equalled, and never surpassed in the history of man.

The following passages of scripture should be solemnly recited by the master.

“ The and of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of ibe ralley which was fuil of bones.

16 And he sai uoto me, son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, o Lo d God, thou knowest.

"again he said into me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.

"'Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones, Behold, I wili cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live.

" And I will lay sinews upon you, and wilt bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shaii live : and ye shall know that I am the Lord.

"So I prophesied as I was commanded : and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.

Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, pro. phesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God, Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.

"So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army."

Prayer at raising. "Thou, O God ! knowest our down-sitting and our unrising, and understandest our thoughts afar off. Shield and defend us from the evil intentions of our enemies, and support us under the trials and afflictions we are destined to endure, while travelling through this vale of tears. Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth as a flower and is cut down; he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not. Seeing his days are determined, the number of his mouths are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass ; turn from him that he may rest, till he shall accomplish his day. For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch there of will not cease. But man dieth and wasteth a way; yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he? As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up, so man lieth down, and riseth not up till he heavens shall be no more. Yet, O Lord ! have compassion on the children of thy creation, administer them comfort in time of trouble, and save them with an everlasting salvation. Amen. So mote it be.”

THIRD SECTION In this section many particulars relative to king Solomon's temple are considered, and likewise certain hieroglyphical emblems illustrated calculated to extend the knowledge and promote the virtue of the craft.

POT OF INCENSE. This is an emblem of a pure heart, which is a sacrifice ever acceptable to God. As this glows with fervent heat,

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