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 Bro. George Jack, DM. of Mother Kilwinning Lodge No 0, Kilwinning, Scotland .
The Auld Lodge
Written by Bro. George Jack, DM. of Mother
Kilwinning Lodge No 0, Kilwinning, Scotland in
1893, on moving into the new lodge hall.
The auld lodge, the auld lodge,
Auld, auld, though you may be,
There ne’er can be a new lodge
E’en half saae dear tae me,
Oh soon, oh soon, ye’ll be nae mair
The house I lo’ed sae dear
And naething left tae tell us then
The place where once you were
Oh, weel I mind when I was young;
My mem’rey still retains
O’ brother’s that are noo awa’
Tae their lang, lanely hame.
And when I think on former years,
My heart seems tae get foo,
Tae leave yo noo in your old age-
Na mair tae meet in you
But we maun leave you, auld lodge,
For ane that’s granner noo,
Nae mair tae meet within your wa’s,
Nor homage pay tae you.
Sae fare you weel noo, auld lodge,
Tae you bid adieu
Till this life ends on earth below
I will remember you
By courtesy of the Masonic Service Association of the USA