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[ This beautiful piece was posted by Bro. Uwe PM in
one of the premier Masonic Lists and he was kind enough to permit us to post the
same in our website. This piece emphasizes our duty to the lodge, particularly
the aspect as to what we can do to the Lodge, rather than concentrating as to
what the lodge should to do us. Brethren, we are all in the fraternity as some
good brother shared it with us. We should consider it our sacred duty to share
the fraternity with good and eligible persons. No institution can last long
unless there is some growth. It is an old adage that anything, which stagnates
will decay. Freemasonry cannot be an exception. May be we can boast for sometime
that our aim is to not to put more men in Masonry, but to put more Masonry in
men. There has to be men to put masonry in them. In these days of considerable
fall in the membership in Masonry in several countries, it is imperative that,
we arrest the fall in membership and bring in fresh blood to sustain the
fraternity. This piece clearly portrays how freemasons loose interest for even
trivial reasons and how even a small number of brethren with a sense of
dedication can strengthen the Lodge and beautify it. Let us share the fraternity
with eligible persons and serve the cause of Freemasonry. Please read on . . . .
. . ]
TEN MASTER MASONS
Ten Master Masons, happy, doing fine;
listened to a rumor, then there were nine.
Master Masons, faithful, never late;
didn't like the "Master," then there were eight.
Master Masons, on their way to heaven;
joined too many clubs, then there were seven.
Master Masons, life dealt some hard licks;
grew discouraged, then there were six.
Master Masons, all very much alive;
lost his interest, then there were five.
Master Masons, wishing there were more;
into a great dispute, then there were four.
Master Masons, busy as could be;
didn't like the programs, then there were three.
Master Masons, was one of them you?
grew tired of all the work, then there were two.
Master Masons with so much to be done;
said "What's the use," then there was one.
Master Mason, found a brother -- true!
him to the Lodge, then there were two.
Master Masons didn't find work a bore;
brought another, then there were four.
Master Masons saved their Lodges fate;
showing others kindness, then there were eight.
Master Masons, loving their Lodges bright sheen;
so much about it, they soon counted sixteen.
Master Masons, to their obligations true;
pleased when their number went to thirty-two.
we can't put our troubles at the Lodges door;
our fault for harming the Lodge we adore.
fuss about the programs or the "Master" in the East;
your obligation by serving even the very least.