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Article # 38
We Meet upon the Level

Author: M.W.Bro.Rob Morris    Posted on: Saturday, August 24, 2002
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We meet upon the Level

We meet upon the Level, and we part upon the Square;

What words sublimely beautiful those words Masonic are!

They fall like strains of melody upon the listening ears,

As they've sounded hallelujahs to the world, three thousand years.

We meet upon the Level, though from every station brought,

The Monarch from his palace and the Labourer from his cot;

For the King must drop his dignity when knocking at our door

And the Labourer is his equal as he walks the chequered floor.

We act upon the Plumb, 'tis our Master's great command,

We stand upright in virtue's way and lean to neither hand;

And the All-Seeing Eye that reads the heart will bear us witness true,

That we always honor God and give each man his due.

We part upon the Square, for the world must have its due,

We mingle in the ranks of men, but keep the secret true,

And the influence of our gatherings in memory is green,

And we long, upon the Level, to renew the happy scene.

There's a world where all are equal, we are hurrying towards it fast,

We shall meet upon the Level there when the gates of death are past;

We shall stand before the Orient and our Master will be there,

Our works we try, our lives to prove His Unerring Square.

We shall meet upon the Level there, but never thence depart,

There's a mansion bright and glorious, set for the pure in heart;

And an everlasting welcome from the Host rejoicing there,

Who in this world of sloth and sin, did part upon the Square.

Let us meet upon the Level, then, while labouring patient here,

Let us meet and let us labor, tho' the labor be severe;

Already in the Western sky the signs bid us prepare,

To gather up our Working Tools and part upon the Square.

Hands round, ye royal Craftsmen, in the bright fraternal chain!

We part upon the Square below to meet in Heaven again;

Each tie that has been broken here shall be cemented there,

None be lost around the Throne, who parted in the Square.

This beautiful Poem was written by M.W.Bro. Rob Morris, Past Grand Master of Masons in Kentucky (1858-59). He rearranged the ritual of the Eastern Star. His book The Mosaic Book of the American Adoptive Rite mentions about the fact that the Order of the Eastern Star was “ familiar to thousands of the most enlightened York Masons and their female relatives; established in this country at least before 1778 and one which popularly bears the palm in point of doctrine and elegance over all others.” In recognition of his services to the Order of the Eastern Star, the title “Master Builder of the Eastern Star” was conferred upon him in 1880. He had composed numerous poems and he was a great Masonic writer. A large number of Freemasons expressed the spontaneous desire to honour him. In 1884, he was honoured with the conferment of the title of “ Poet Laureate of Masonry”. It was in the previous century Bro. Robert Burns of Scotland had been honoured as the Poet Laureate of Freemasonry. Perhaps the great tribute paid to M.W.Bro.Rob Morris is found in Mackey’s Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and Kindred Sciences, in which it has been observed that “complete biography of Rob Morris would fill volumes, but his poem “We meet upon the Level” is sufficient to render his name immortal”. We have posted that great poem in this article. Moderator.

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