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world at large, bnt those also of your brethren, on whom this degree of masonry has not been conferred. All will be justified in expecting your conduct and behaviour to be such is may with safety be imitated.
6 In the honourable character of mark master mason, 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 ; ever bearing in mind, as a consolation under all the frowns of fortune, and as an encouragement to hope for better prospects, that the stone which the builders rejected (possessing merits to them unknown) became the chief stone of the corner.”
Previous to closing, the following parable is recited. " For the kingdom of heaven is like upto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire lahourers 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 ga id 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 hath bired 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 vineyard 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 penny. But when the first came, ihey sapposed that they should have received more, and they likewise received every man a penny. 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 he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong : didst thou not agree with me for a penny? 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.
In concert move ;
He will approve.
Joip hear' and hand ;
At your command. .
Hiram, the widow's son,
Our great key-stone,
Is truly known.
Now to the westward move,
Hiram doth stand ;
Of the right hand.
Now to the praise of those
Of Masons' arts;
Deep in our hearts.
Selected and revised by Com. S. Brown.
YE dull, plodding mortals, give o'er your conjectures,
Since Freemasons' secrets ye cannot obtain ; Ye know not our signs, nor our words, nor our lectures, And will not as long as the world shall remain :
Here friendship inviting,
Here Freedom delighting,
Come, see, Masovs’felicity,
We live like a band of affectionate brothers,
Whose father is God, and whose home is the skies ; . We heed not the love or the hatred of others ;
'Tis only the love of the Craft we can prize :
Shall e er blast our laurely,
Come, see, Masops' felicity,
Our rites and our secrets we carefully guard :
Ye mortals, come hither,
Come, see, Masons' felicity,
Whenever he calls to the Lodge we repair;
Let mutual agreement,
Be Freemason's cement,
Then, see, Masons' felicity,
CHAPTER IX. PRESENT OR PAST MASTER.
GENERAL REMARKS. The degree of Present or Past Master treats of the gorernment of our society; the disposition of its officers
and their requisite qualifications. The ceremony of opening and closing lodges in the several preceding degrees, and and the forms of installations and consecrations, in the grand Lodge, are explained. It comprehends the ceremonies at laying foundation stones of public buildings, and also at funer ils and at dedications, in a variety of particulars.
This part of the lecture contains the form of a petition for a warrant.or charter, for a Master's Lodge. The ceremonies of constitution and consideration, together with a grand procession, are displayed.
When a Lodge is constituted, if the grand Master attends the ceremony, it is said to be performed in ample form; if the deputy only attends, it is done in due form; if the master of a subordinate lodge presides, it is done in
The master elect is addressed by the presiding officer as follows: " BROTHER,
Previous to your investiture, it is necessary that you should signify your assent to those ancient charges and regulations which point out the duty of a master of a lodge.”
The grand master then reads, or orders to be read, a summary of the ancient changes to the master elect, as follows, viz
1.-You agree to be a good man and true, and strictly to obey the moral law.
11.-You agree to be a peaceable subject, and cheerfully to conform to the laws of the country in which you reside.