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Thomas Q. Ellis
I stand at the same sacred altar
Where, prompted by brotherly love,
I vowed solemn vows without falter
Witnessed by Him from above.
As once I knelt there in rev′rence
I stand rev′rently there …
My thoughts have suffered no sev′rence,
As I vowed…so I′ll vote…on the square
If through friendship I favor the seeker
But think him unworthy at heart …
Lest my Lodge by my ballot grow weaker,
Such favor from justice must part.
At the altar where light flooded o′er me,
I′ll betray not the trust that I bear,
I′ll shame not the emblems before me,
But I′ll cast my vote on the square.
Or should he be not to my liking,
But merit by action the trust
My soul I′ll not perjure by striking
A blow when such a blow be unjust …
But I′ll welcome his step ′cross the border,
I′ll honor the trust that I bear,
I′ll vote for the good of the order
By casting my vote on the square.
Time flies … and ere long my petition
Will be filed in the Grand Lodge above.
I′ll be glad then I tempered such mission
With justice and brotherly love.
With the measure ye mete has been spoken
By the Worshipful Master up there …
No promise e′re made has He broken
And He′ll handle my case on the square.
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