by Ray Vaughan Denslow, FPS
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 cathedrals of all nations mark the skill of my
hands. I strive for beauty and symmetry.
IN MY HEART
is wisdom and strength and courage of those who ask. Upon my altars is
the Book of the 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. By signs and symbols I teach the
lessons of life and 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 will accept them and teach them to
use my tools in the building of men, and thereby, find direction in
their own quest for perfection so much desired and so difficult.
I LIFT UP
the fallen and shelter the sick. I hark to the orphan's cry, the
widow's 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 immortality, and even as I raise men from darkness into
light, I am a way of life.
I AM FREEMASONRY.