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 Douglas Malloch, who hailed from Michigan, USA.
The Road of Masonry
By Douglas Malloch
Men build a road of Masonry
Across the hills and dales,
Unite the prairie and the sea
The mountains and the vales
They cross the chasm, bridge the stream,
They point to where the turrets gleam
And many men for many a day
Who seek the heights shall find the way
Men build a road of Masonry,
But not for self they build;
With footsteps of humanity
The hearts of men are thrilled
This music makes their labour sweet:
The endless tramp of other feet,
The thought that men shall travel thus
An easier road because of us.
We build the road of Masonry
With other men in mind;
We do not build for you and me,
We build for all mankind.
We build a road! – remember, men,
Built not for now, but built for Then,
And other men who walk the way
Shall find the road we built today.
Who builds the road of Masonry
Though small or great his part,
However hard the task may be,
May toil with singing heart
For it is something after all,
When muscles tire and shadows fall,
To know that other men shall bless
The builder for his faithfulness