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 a prolific writer, American Mason, Bro Lawrence R Greenleaf.
O’ Mother lodge, we’ve wandered far
By Bro Lawrence R Greenleaf
From Square & Compass, Denver, Colorado. June 1915
O’ Mother lodge, we’ve wandered far,
And knocked at many a door,
Since first we wore the lambskin gift
And trod the checkered floor,
And claimed our constant thought,
Till patient search at length revealed
Since first thy symbols met our gaze
The hidden truths they taught,
When heart at name of Brother thrilled,
And loyal but to thee,
We loved thy Square and Compass, and
Adored, they letter G.
The Chapter held recovered truths,
Why not possess the same
That thought awoke a new desire,
And fanned it into flame.
The honour sought at length was ours,
We read the Keystone’s face
And saw the treasures long entombed,
Brought from their hiding place.
Another tie had bound our heart,
Another name had we,
O’ Mother Lodge, we’ve wandered far,
Yet, still we cling to thee.