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Fire of Friendship
Men of the bright inheritance, oh, true and loving band,
Who, linked in chains of Masonry, around this altar stand,
Bright let The Fire Of Friendship burn and warmly let it flow,
For a stranger from a distant land comes in your circle now.
The Acacia blooms in every clime, the Broken Shaft doth rear
Its mournful form in mystic guise, and meets us everywhere
The Gavel rings o'er land and sea, yon Emblem speaks the same
About the globe, as here it speaks, The Universal Name.
And why? Because One God we have, in whom alone we trust
He made us all, Our Father made us all of kindred dust
The same green Mother Earth, the broad, the generous, He gave
That feeds us while we live, and gives us when we die, a grave.
We build a common Temple too, the lofty and the low,
We bring the same heart-offerings and in common homage bow
Our Tracing Board the same designs in every clime has given,
And, serving the same Master, we expect the same bright Heaven.
Then let the stranger have a place within your mystic band,
Where eye responsive answers eye, and hand unites with hand
He knows your Word, He knows your Sign, He asks no better grace
Than with you here to sit awhile and greet you face to face.
Peace in the Lodges where you work be Heaven's boon to-day
Peace, Peace it is the yearning prayer the stranger's heart would pray
And could they hear it from the land and from the rolling sea,
From every Mason's lips would come the cry, So Mote It Be!
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