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so should our hearts continually glow with gratitude to the beneficent Author of our being, for the manifold blessings we enjoy.
BEE-HIVE. This is an emblem of industry, and recommends the practice of that virtue to all created beings, from the brightest seraph in heaven, to the vilest reptile in the dust. Man was formed for active and social life; and he that refuses or neglects to add to the common stock of useful knowledge, is a useless member of the community, and may be treated as a drone in the hive of Nature.
Book of Constitutions guarded by the sword. This emblem reminds us that we should ever be watchful and guarded, in our thoughts, words, and actions, particularly when before the enemies of masonry ; ever bearing in mind those truly masonic virtues, silence and circumspection.
SWORD POINTED TO A NAKED HEART. This may admonish us, that, although mercy may follow us, whether we be good or bad ; there is a time appointed when the sword of justice shall overtake the guilty.
ALL-SEEING EYE. Though we imagine that our actions and our motives are nid from the knowledge of all beings but ourselves, there is an ElL above that pervades the most secret recesses of the heart.
ANCHOR AND ARK. These are emblems of a well grounded hope and a well spent life. They remind us of that divine ark of safety which wafts us securely over this sea of troubles ; and of that anchor which shall safely moo: us in a peaceful harbour,“ where the wicked cease from troubling and the weary are at rest."
PYTHAGOREAN PROBLEM. When the philosopher Pythagoras had demonstrated the problem, that “in every right angled triangle, the square described upon the side opposite the right angle is equal to the sum of the squares of the two remaining sides,” he ex. claimed in the Greek language Eureka, I have found it ; and in the joy of bis heart he sacrificed a hecatomb.
THE HOUR-GLASS. This is an emblem of human life. Behold, how swiftly the sands are running, and how rapidly our lives are draw. ing to a close ! in the short period of an hour the little parti. cles of sand are completely exhausted ; thus wastes man! “ To-day, puts forth the tender leaves of hope, to-morrow, blossoms; the next day comes a frost and all the blushing honours fall before it."
THE SCYTHE. Behold, what havoc the scythe of time is making among the human race! if we escape the pameless evils of childhood, and are preserved amid the threatening dangers of youth, yet we must shortly fall, for the brittle thread will be sundered and we shall launch into eternity:
THREE STEPS. This device on a master's carpet is emblematical of the three principal stages of human life, infancy, manhood, and decrepitude. In youth, as apprentices, we should search for knowledge ; in manhood, as craftsmen, we should apply that knowledge to useful purposes; that in the decline of life, as waster Masons, we may reflect with pleasure unona well spent life, and die in hope of a glorious immortality.
CHARGE AT RAISING, es BROTHER,
“ Your zeal for the institution of masonry, the progress you have made in the mystery, and your conformity to our regulations, have pointed you out as a proper object of our favour and esteem.
" You are now bound by duty, honour, and gratitude, to be faithful to your trust; to support the dignity of your character on every occasion ; and to enforce, by precept and example, obedience to the tenets of the order.
“ In the character of a Master Mason, you are authorized to correct the errors and irregularities of your uninformed brethren, and to guard them avainst a breach of fidelity. To preserve the reputation of the fraternity unsullied, must be your constant care, and for this purpose it is your province to recommend to your inferiors, obedience and submission ; to your equals, courtesy and affability; to your superiors, kindness and condescension. Universal benevo. lence you are always to inculcate ; and, by the regularity of your own behaviour, afford the best example for the conduct of others less informed. The ancient landmarks of the order, intrusted to your care, you are carefully to preserve; and never suffer them to be infringed, or countevance a deviation from the established usages and customs of the fraternity.
of Your virtue, honour, and reputation are concerned in supporting with dignity the character you now bear. Let no motive, therefore, make you swerve from your vows, or betray your trust: but be true and faithful, and imitate the example of that celebrated artist whom you this evening represent. Thus you will render yourself deserving of the honour which we have conferred, and merit the confidence that we have reposed."
Selecled and amended. Not the fictions of Greece, nor the dreams of old Rome, Shall with visions mislead, or with meteors consume; No Pegasus' wings my short soaring misguide, Nor raptures cletain me on lelicou's side. All clouds now dissolve ; from the east beams the day; Truth rises in glory and wakens the lay : The eagle-eyed Muse sees the light-fills the grove, With the song of Freemasons, of Friendship and Lore. Inspired with the theme, the Divinity fies, • And throned on a rainbow, before her arise Past, Present, and Future-in splendid array, And Masopic succession, their pleasures display; She views murder'd meril by ruffiau hand fall, And the grave give its dead up, at fellowship's call, While the craft, by their badges, their innocence prove, And the song of Freemasons is Friendship and Love. From ages remote, see the muse speeds her flight, To bask in the sunshine of mystical light; In freedom and friendship-the brotherhood stam, While the splendours of virtae illumine the land. From darkness mysterious the world sees the day, While friendship's bright beams chase the vapours a way, And the Lodge here below joins the chorus above, In shouting Freemasonry, Friend hip, and Love. That the future may keep what the present bestows, In rapture prophetic the Guddess aroše ; As she sung through the skies, angels echoed the sound, And winds tore the notes to the regions around; The grand proclamation our song shall repeat, "That Masons for ever in harmony meet; " And till Time be no more, our fraternity prove, + That the objects we aim at are Frien Uship and Love.
Composed for this work by Com. Ş. Brown.
And e'en in the quarries the gavel is still,
And what is that roice that resounds from the hill.?
Some spirit I fear from its prison has fled ;
Some sipewless form of the slumbering dead!
Steals soft through the silence that listens to hear;
And tales of fell murder creep cold on the ear. Perhaps 'tis some stranger, at night led astray,
And lost in the gloom of the wide-spreading wood ; Oh, no! 'tis a brother, assail'd on his way,
And ruffian hands reek in his innocent blood! Ah, brother ! the fast flowing, heart-telling tear
Shall moisten the dust where the evergreen grows ; The Cassia unfading shall bloom round the year,
And tell where the ashes of merit repose. Sleep, dust of the ancient! till Nature expire,
And Nature's Grand Master command thee to rise ; Then spring, like the Phoenix, from earth's final fire,
And soar to the brilliant Grand Lodge in the skies.
GENERAL RENARKS. By means of this degree, every operative brother was known and distinguished, at the erection of king Solo.