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mon's temple, by the Senior Grand Warden. Disorder and confusion were thus banished from among the workmen, and every part of the workmanship was discriminated with the greatest nicety, and with the utmost facili. ty. The faulty workman was detected, and the overseer was enabled to distinguish the industrious and skilsul from the indolent and undeserving.

CHARGE AT OPENING. "Wherefore, brethren, lay aside all malice, and guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings.

“If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious, to whom coming as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious; ye also, es liv. ing stones, be ye built up in a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up sacrifices acceptable to God. .

"Wherefore, also, it is contained in the scriptures, Behold, I lay in Zion, for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious corner-stone, a .sure foundation ; he that beliey. eth shall not make haste to pass it over. into you there. fore, which believe, it is an honour; and even to them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner.

« Brethren, this is the will of God, that with well doing ye put to silence the ignorance of foolish men. As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of malicious. ness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men, love the brotherhood, fear God.”

FIRST SECTION. This part of the lecture explains the manner of opening a Lodge of Mark Master Masons. The stations and duties of the respective officers are noticed.--and the mystic ceremony of introducing a candidate is explained, The number of artists employed by king Solomon are specified ; the order that prevailed among them is accounted for ; and the section ends with a beautiful dis

play of the manner in which one of the principal events originated which distinguish this deyree.

SECTION SECOND. Here lhe Mark Master is particularly instructed in the origin and history of the degree; and learns the extent of his obligation, to extend the hand of relief to a worthy and necessitous brother. An effectual mode of punishing guilt and rewarding merit is here presented, and the marks of distinction which were conferred on our ancient brethren, as the rewards of excellence, are particularly named.

The following Scriptural passages are introduced. " To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and in that stone a new name written, which no man knoweth, saving he that receiveth it." —Rev. ii. 17.

"And we will cut wood out of Lebanon, as much as thou shalt need; and will bring it to thee in Avats, by sea, to Joppa, and thou shalt carry it up to Jerusalem.''-2 Chron. ii. 16.

“ 'The stone which the builders refused has become the head stone of the corner.”--Psalm cxviii. 22.

“ Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner ?”

Mait. xxi. 42.

" This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner."'--Acts iv. 11. “He that hath an ear to hear let him hear--Rev. iii, 13.

" Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh towards the east ; and it was shut.”--Ez k. xliv. 1.

"It is for the prince ; the prince, he shall sit in it to eat bread before the Lord; he shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same."-Esek. xliv, 3,

si And the Lord said unto me, Son of man, mark well, and behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, all that I say unto thee concerning all the ordinances of the house of the Lord, and all the laws thereof; and mark well the entering in of the house, with every going forth of the sanctuary." - Ezek. xliv, 5.

The working-tools of a Mark Master are the chisel and mallet.

· The CH ISEL morally demonstrates the advantages of discipline and education. The mind, in its original state, is like the nativo diamond, rude and uppolished : but as the chisel soon discloses the latent beauties of the diamond, so education discovers the latest virtues of the mind, leading them forth into the boundless field of improvement, to aspire to the summit of human knowledge, and learn our duty to God and man.

The MALLET teaches to correct inequalities, remove superfluities, and reduce man to his proper level, so that by a quiel deportnient he may, in the school of discipline, learn to be content. What the mallet is to the workman, enlightened reason is to the passions; it curbs ambition; it depresses envy; it moderates anger ; it encourages good dispositions : whence arises among good masons, that comely order

6 Which nothing earthly gives, or can destroy,
s! The soul's calm sunshine, and the heart-fele joy.''

CHARGE AT ADVANCING. • BROTHER,

"I congratulate you on having been thought worthy of being promoted to this honourable degree of masonry. Permit me to impress it on your mind, that your assiduity should ever be commensurate with your duties, which become more and more extensive as you advance in masonry.

“The situation to which you are now promoted will draw upon you not only the scrutinizing eyes of the

world at large, but those also of your brethren, on whom this degree of masonry has riot been conferred. All will be justified in expecting your conduct and behaviour to be such as may with safety be imitated.

“ In the honourable character of mark master masop, it is more particularly your duty to endeavour to let your conduct in the lodge and among your brethren be such as may stand the test of the grand overseer's square, that you may not, like the unfinished and imperfect work of the negligent and unfaithful of former times, be rejected and thrown aside, as unfit for that spiritual building, that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

66 While such is your conduct, should misfortunes assail you, should friends forsake you, should envy traduce your good name, and malice persecute you ; yet may you have confidence, that among mark master masons you will find friends who will administer relief to your distresses; and comfort your afflictions ; cver bearing in mind, as a consolation under all the frowbs of fortune, and as an encouragement to hope for better prospects, that the stone which the builders rejected (possessing merits 10 them unknown) became the chief stone of the corner.”

Previous to closing, the following parable is reciled. " For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the market place, and said unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man bath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. So when even was come, the lord of the vipeyaru saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a peony. But when the first came, ihey supposed that they should have received more, and they likewise received every man a penoy. And when they had received it, they murmured against the good man of the house, saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burthen and heat of the day. But be answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee rio wrong : didst thou not agree with me for a pendy? Take that thine is, and go thy way; I will give unto this last even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil because I am good ? So the last shall be first, and the first last : for many be called, but few chosen.”—Matt. xx. 1-16.

MARK MASTER'S SONGS.
BY BROTHER T. S. WEBB.

Selected.
MARK MASTERS, all appear
Before the Chief O'erseer,

In concert move ;
Let him your work inspect,
For the Chief Architect;
If there is no defect,

He will approve.
Those who have pass'd the Square,
For your rewards prepare ;

Join heart and hand ;
Each with his mark in view,
March with the just and true ;
Wages to you are due,

At your command.

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