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 an American Mason, Bro Charles F Forshaw.

  • Who would not be a Mason

    By Bro Charles F. Forshaw
    From Masonic Constellation, St. Louis 1905

    Who would not be a Mason
    And wear the apron white?
    And feel the bonds of Friendship
    The rich and poor unite?
    To know Masonic virtues
    To do Masonic deeds?
    And sympathetic minister
    Unto a Brother’s needs?

    Who would not be a Mason
    And join the Brethren true?
    To see our noble teachings
    Their glorious work pursue?
    O feel a bond Fraternal
    Is theirs where’er they go?
    And find a hearty welcome
    As they journey to and fro?

    Who would not be a Mason
    A craftsman just and fair?
    To meet upon the Level
    And pert upon the Square?
    To hear the voice of Charity,
    Where’er our Lodges be?
    And to know our Grips and Passwords
    And share in all our glee?

    Who would not be a Mason
    To labour day by day?
    And labouring try to lessen
    The thorns upon life’s way?
    O help to form a column,
    All perfect and complete?
    Fit for building that great Temple
    Wherein we hope to meet?

    By kind permission of the Masonic Service Association, USA