From: email@example.com (Roger Ingersoll)
This poem was found in the lodge Secretarys office the other day.
It is printed on parchment and in a delicate condition (its crumbling).
I thought you all might enjoy it as I did.
I AM FREEMASONRY
I was born in antiquity, in the ancient days when men first dreamed of
God. I have been tried through the ages, and found true. The
crossroads of the world bear the imprint of my feet, and the cathederals
of all nations mark the skill of my hands. I strive for beauty and for
symmetry. In my heart is wisdom and strength and courage for those who
ask. Upon my alters is the Book of Holy Writ, and my prayers are to the
One Omnipotent God, my sons work and pray together, without rank or
discord, in the public mart and in the inner chamber. Bu signs and
symbols I teach the lessons of life and of death and the relationship of
man with God and of man with man. My arms are widespread to receive
those of lawful age and good report who seek me of their own free will.
I accept them and teach them to use my tools in the building of men, and
thereafter, find direction in their own quest for perfection so much
desired and so difficult to attain. I lift up the fallen and shelter
the sick. I hark to the orphans' cry, the widows tears, the pain of the
old and destitute. I am not church, nor party, nor school, yet my sons
bear a full share of responsibility to God, to country, to neighbor and
themselves. They are freemen, tenacious of their liberties and alert to
lurking danger. At the end I commit them as each one undertakes the
journey beyond the vale into the glory of everlasting life. I ponder
the sand within the glass and think how small is a single life in the
eternal universe. Always have I taught immortaility, and even as I
raise men from darkness into light, I am a way of life. I Am
- Ray V. Denslow
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