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Article # 185
To The Builders Of A Masonic Lodge

Author: Miss.Will Allen Dromgoole    Posted on: Sunday, January 15, 2006
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[ As Freemasons, we are all and ought to be, builders. Age does not matter. In fact, age provides the benefit of learning and experience. We require the advice, guidance and to a large extent the active participation of our senior brethren, in the building, strengthening and fortification of Freemasonry. Their maturity and knowledge will always be assets to our institution. We value and respect the senior brethren, as we are followers of the Masonic teaching that, “From time immemorial Freemasonry has taught a proper reverence and veneration for age”. The senior brethren in turn owe a sacred duty and that is to assist the Lodge to build brotherhood and knowledge as per the Masonic teachings and tenets. I read a poem in “The Treasury of Masonic Thought”, published in 1924 and the sale proceeds of which were devoted to the building of a Masonic Temple in Dundee. It conveys a message in a very subtle way and I am sharing it with you all, with a humble request, that the senior brethren may be pleased to emulate the old man in the poem. Please read on…-Webmaster]

To the Builders of A Masonic Lodge

“ An old man, going a lone highway,

Came at the evening, cold and grey,

To a chasm vast and deep and wide.

The old man crossed in the twilight dim,

The sullen stream had no fear for him;

But he turned when safe on the other side,

And built a bridge to span the tide.

‘You are wasting your strength when building here

Your journey will end with the ending days;

You never again will pass this way.

You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide,

Why build you this bridge at eventide?’

The builder lifted his old, grey head;

‘Good friend, in the path I have come’, he said,

‘There followeth after me to-day,

A youth whose feet must pass this way.

This chasm, that has been as naught to me,

To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be;

He, too, must cross in the twilight dim-

Good Friend, I have built this bridge for him’”


Collected by the Webmaster. Bro.Owen Lorion has mentioned in his response that the poem was composed by Miss.Will Allen Dromgoole.Her biography can be found on Wikipedia or at We are thankful to Bro.Owen Lorion for correcting us.

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davidbaskar wrote on Thursday, August 31, 2006:

Subject: Building for Posterity!

This is a nice poem, with a moral, similar to the old man planting saplings of a mango tree. Whether we plant a tree or build a bridge, when we do it for posterity, the GAOU blesses all the more.David.

OwenKL wrote on Saturday, March 3, 2007:

Subject: Identifying poem

It's a very nice poem, often printed on Masonic websites, but the writer was not a Mason. She was Will Allen Dromgoole, whose biography can be found on Wikipedia or at

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