Many things have been written about Freemasonry in countless books and in papers to be delivered to Masonic research associations, but how many of us know that there is wealth of beautiful material about Freemasonry written in the form of poems?
Some of the world’s greatest men of letters who were Freemasons themselves, have written some wonderful poems. Let’s take Rudyard Kipling and Robbie Burns as just two examples, yet equally some less well known Masons have embodied the teachings and philosophy of Freemasonry in their poems and we will take a look at these too.
There will be one or two poems appearing in this feature every month chosen by our ‘Masonic Poet Laureate’, Fred Lomax and we hope you enjoy reading them.
This month we have a poem by an anonymous contributor.
Your Lodge will Live Forever
With the closing of the Volume and the opening of a door
Think not this Lodge has ended, think what has gone before
Remember all those worthy men who as apprentices came
And who developed love and skill and worked in Friendship’s name
When you take up the Working Tools to gently put aside
Think not their work has ended, think how they were applied
Remember well the lessons taught, to Craftsmen tried and true
Of Masons worthy of the name and apron white and blue
When your Tracing Boards are covered and the Columns laid to rest
Think not their teaching ended, think more a message blessed
Remember the special meaning to Master Masons all
Of birth and life and learning and waiting for the call
With the sounding of the gavel and as the lights at last go out
Think not your Lodge has ended, dispel all lingering doubt
Masters, Wardens, Brethren, remember as you depart
Your Lodge will live forever in every Mason’s heart