I Am Freemasonry by Ray Denslow

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I Am Freemasonry

by Ray Vaughn Denslow

I was born in antiquity,

in the ancient days

when men first dreamed of God.

I have been tried through the ages,

and found true.

The crossroads of the world bear the imprint of my feet,

and the cathederals of all nations mark the skill of my hands.

I strive for beauty

and for symmetry.

In my heart is wisdom

and strength

and courage

for those who ask.

Upon my alters is the Book of Holy Writ,

and my prayers are to the One Omnipotent God.

My sons work and pray together,

without rank or discord,

in the public mart and in the inner chamber.

By signs and symbols I teach the lessons of life and of death

and the relationship of man with God

and of man with man.

My arms are widespread to receive those

of lawful age and good report

who seek me of their own free will.

I accept them and teach them to use my tools in the building of men,

and thereafter, find direction in their own quest for perfection,

so much desired and so difficult to attain.

I lift up the fallen

and shelter the sick.

I hark to the orphans' cry,

the widows tears,

the pain of the old and destitute.

I am not church, nor party, nor school,

yet my sons bear a full share of responsibility

to God, to country, to neighbor and themselves.

They are freemen,

tenacious of their liberties

and alert to lurking danger.

At the end I commit them as each one

undertakes the journey beyond the vale

into the glory of everlasting life.

I ponder the sand within the glass

and think how small is a single life

in the eternal universe.

Always have I taught immortaility,

and even as I raise men from darkness into light,

I am a way of life.

I Am Freemasonry.



“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

Albert Pike

Be courteous to all but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence; true friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to appellation.

GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter, Jan. 15, 1783

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