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The Kentucky Style

If it were only that you hold within
Such faithful breasts the secrets of the Craft
If only that the Mystery divine
In your devoted spirits is engraft,
We would extend to each of you the hand,
And welcome to the Dark and Bloody Land.

For here Freemasonry we prize above
All other gifts the Gracious Lord bestows.
Where first our fathers with the savage strove,
They reared her altars, they exchanged her vows,
And taught us, as we love each parted sire,
To keep alive, undimmed, the Sacred Fire.

And we have done it until now, no more
A dark and bloody ground, Kentucky stands
The light and love our fathers did adore,
Refulgent, in six hundred Mason bands,
From mountain height to river, - east to west, -
The gavel falls, our mystic toils to attest.

But what best welcome shall we offer you,
Masters and leaders in the sacred quest?
What fitting salutation shall we show
To Masonry's thrice-honored, worthiest, best?
Take, Brothers, take our hearts! words are too weak
To express the sentiment we fain would speak.

Shape your own welcome in Kentucky's home
Find at each vestibule the latch string out
As conquerors within our dwellings, come
Abide in peace, nor harbor fear nor doubt
Ours the honor, - give us but to know
Our guests are happy, we are happy, too!
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