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 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