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The Mason's Duty

W. Skewing

1843
To stretch the liberal hand
And pour the stream of gladness,
O'er Misery's withered strand,
To cheer the hearth of sadness:
To dry the orphan's tear,
And soothe the heart nigh broken
Breathing in Afflictions ear,
Kind words, in kindness spoken.
This is the Mason's part,
A Mason's bounden duty
This rears the Mason's heart,
In Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty.

To practice Virtue's laws,
With fervency, and freedom
And in her noble cause,
Advance, where'er she lead `em:
To curb the headlong course,
Of Passion's fiery pinion
And bend its stubborn force,
To Reason's mild dominion.
This is the Mason's part, &c.

To shield a Brother's fame
From Envy and Detraction
And prove that Truth`s our aim,
In spirit, life, and action
To trust in God, through all
The danger and temptation,
Which to his lot may fall,
In trial, and probation.
This is the Mason's part, &c.

Commentary

by W. Skewing, Robert Burns' Lodge
Freemasons' Quarterly Review - 1843
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