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pecessity of a strict adherence to them, as your own experience must have established their value.
Our laws and regulations you are strenuously to support, and be always ready to assist in seeing them duly executed. You are not to palliate, or aggravate, the offences of your brethren ; but in the decision of every tresspass against our rules, you are to judge with candour, admonish with friend. ship, and reprehend with justice.
The study of the liberal arts, that valuable branch of edu. cation, which tends so effectúally to polish and adorn the mind, is earnestly recommended to your consideration; espe. cially the science of geometry, wbich is established as the basis of our art. Geometry, or masonry, originally synonymous terms, being of a divine and moral nature, is enriched with the most useful knowledge : while it proves the wonderful properties of nature, it demonstrates the more important truths of morality.
Your past behaviour and regular deportment have merited the honour which we have now conferred ; and in your new character it is expected that you will conform to the principles of the order, by steadily persevering in the practice of every commendable virtue.
Such is the nature of your engagements as a fellow craft, and to these duties you are bound by the most sacred ties.
FELLOW CRAFT'S SONG.
WHEN Sol with grave motion, had plung'd in the ocean,
And twilight hung over the borders of day,
Stole softly the senses of mortals away.
With night's ample canopy widely unfurl'd ;
Bade twilight in silence retire from the world,
I saw in each feauture a beautiful creature,
Replete with celestial, transporting glee ;
Some beautiful angel of humanity.
His state was elective, and noble his mind,
The precepts of nature, by wisdom enjoined.
His soul like an ocean of pleasing devotion,
His tongue like an organ of music and mirth;
His science like treasures hid deep in the earth.
And with my own heart strings I bound him with care; Nor could I unloose him, for in his soft bosom
I saw the blest image that mortal can wear.
I thought he said to me, in vain you pursue me,
While on the swift pinions of science I soar; But if you will hasten, become a Freemason,
Then you may go with me, and never before.
The keeping a secret in union so long ;
No bond of sweet friendship so lasting and strong.
For kingdoms have quarrels, for conquest and laurels,
And churches, though christian, do wrangle and jar ; There're no such invasions among the Freemasons,
No rupture or rumour of internal war.
Old Time may keep beating, his numbers completing,
And wear out his wings in the region of years ; But 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 all the black engines of malice combine ; Though hell and her furies turn judges and juries,
With innocent lustre the order will shine.
Of waves which attack us in foaming career ;
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 splendor,
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,
And ages eternal the anthem prolong.
Shall echo through heav'n with music serene,
Composed for this work by companion S. Brown.
WHEN SCIENCE first came to enlighten mankind,
She landed, at first, on the banks of the Nile ;
At length, half resolved to remount on her wing,
King Solomon saw her reclin'd on the cliff,
She taught him the use of the compass and square,
She led him by threes, and by fives and by sevens,
CHAPTER VII. MASTER MASON'S DEGREE.
GENERAL REMARKS. FROM this class the rulers of regular bodies of Masons, in the first three degrees, are selected. The lecture is divided 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.
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 no pleasure in them.
“ While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain : ,
“ In the day when 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 grasshoppes 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 be loosed, or the golden bowl 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 shal return to God who gave it."