Masonic poet’s corner

  • 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 relatively little known Masonic poet,  Bro L B Mitchell who resided in the State of Iowa.

  • The Level and the Square

    ‘An Ode to an Ode’
    By Bro L B Mitchell
    Iowa, 1917

    “We meet upon the Level and we part upon the Square-
    What words of precious meaning these words Masonic are,”
    And they still are ringing, ringing as the Craft today doth know
    As they did when Morris sang them more than fifty years ago.

    “We meet upon the Level and we part upon the Square,”
    Did the Bard who caught the meaning and who flung it out so fair,
    Did the vision of the REAL that the years so soon should see
    Give the Poet the perspective of what IS and is to be?

    “We meet upon the Level and we part upon the Square”
    In its true symbolic meaning was unfolded with such care,
    That it carried with its rhythm and its setting into song
    The true spirit that will ever to the Mystic Art belong

    “We meet upon the Level and part upon the Square”
    With the Plumb in the triangle ‘mong the symbols gleaming there
    All their meanings were embellished for the Craft for coming time
    Through the Art and through the Poet of the Art that is sublime

    “We meet upon the Level and we part upon the Square”
    Carries with it the momentum that the Bard transcribed so fair,
    Carries with it, upright by the true, unerring Plumb.
    All that lies in mortal vision of the Masonry to come

    “We meet upon the Level, and we part upon the Square”
    In its meaning has been finding hearts responsive everywhere;
    It has met a nature longing in the hungry human heart;
    undiscovered till t’was written into real Masonic Art.

    “We meet upon the Level, and we part upon the Square”
    On the Level as it finds; on the Square as we repair
    To our station in the Temple, to our stations in the world
    Upright in the light of heaven flashing in the gems impearled.

    “We meet upon the Level and we part upon the Square.”
    Is the answer of the ages to its longing and its prayer.
    The solution of the problem of the world’s unrest today
    Must be solved by this same token for there is no other way.

    Let us then be forging, forging stronger still the Mystic chain,
    For the glory of the meeting and the work that doth remain
    In the spirit of the Poet let us do our work with care
    “As we meet upon the level and we part upon the Square.