LAST NIGHT I KNELT WHERE HIRAM KNELT
Last night I knelt where Hiram knelt
and took an obligation
today I'm closer to my God
and I'm a Master Mason.
Tho' heretofore my fellow men
seemed each one like the other
today I search each one apart
I'm looking for my brother.
And as I feel his friendly grip
it fills my heart with pride
I know that while I'm on the square
that he is on my side.
His footsteps on my errand go
if I should such require:
His prayers will lead in my behalf
if I should so desire.
My words are safe within his breast
as though within my own
his hand forever at my back
to help me safely home
Good counsel whispers in my ear
and warns of any danger
By square and compass, Brother now!
Who once would call me stranger
I might have lived a moral life
and risen to distinction
Without my Brothers helping hand
and fellowship of Masons
But God, who knows how hard it is
to resist life's temptations
knows why I knelt where Hiram knelt
and took that obligation
It brings us joy from deep inside,
like kite and boy with wind applied.
It brings us fun. Hearts feel so light
when inner sun breaks through the night.
It brings us hope. There is a cure,
Where all can cope and love endure.
Beauty will start the healing heart.
"Let there be light." Jehovah said,
And primal darkness heard and fled;
Then, as the waters from the land;
He parted with almighty hand;
Light ridged the mountain chain with gold;
Light through the vales in glory rolled;
Light silvered ocean, lake and stream;
Light made the pall-like vapors gleam;
Light shone the forest vistas through;
Light gave the sky it's burning blue;
Light fell in life-awakening showers;
On torpid leaves and sleeping flowers;
And all the universe waxed bright
Robed in it's makers effluence-light.
There is a darkness of the mind;
As thick as dark, as undefined;
Ere God had said, " Let there be light."
But as creations morning burst;
On chaos, and the gloom dispersed;
So does the " Day star from on high."
Light to the darkened soul supply;
As that which wrapped the world in night;
So does God's grace, that ray divine;
On the beseeching sinner shine;
Dispelling from the soul despair;
And shedding floods of glory there;
Oh, when there's doubt and gloom within;
Black fruits of unrepented sin;
Search thou this book, and searching pray;
So shall thy sin be washed away;
So shall a beam illuminate thy night;
From him who said, " Let there be light."
Naked not bare
T is for the tools of the first three degrees
R for every rule as each brother agrees;
O is for the oath, in making all brothers true
W is for the work each one of us must do;
E is for the effort to answer every call
L stands for love...the most important thing of all;
These letters spell TROWEL, and as every brother knows;
it spreads love and friendship, wherever it goes.
I am a Master Mason, I wear my apron proud.
I walk with body so erect, my head could reach a cloud,
I'm glad I had the courage to travel all three degrees
And at the end of the journey, a Master Mason I would be.
I took an obligation, to stand true and tall to answer a brother,
He ever call should a brother's widow need a helping hand
I promised to be there and do what e'ar I can.
When I travel far away, even a foreign land
I'll find a brother standing tall with friendship in his hand.
So I'm a Master Mason, a little proud no doubt
The praises of the craft, you'll hear me sing and shout!