[Performed at COACH-MAKERS'-HALL. Written by Mr. BROWN.
Set to Music by Mr. REMY.]
When first the golden morn aloft,
With maiden breezes whisp' ring soft;
Sprung from the east with rosy wing,
To kiss the heav'nly first-born spring;
Jehovah then, from hallow'd earth,
Gave Masonry immortal birth;
'Twas then the new creation rung,
And thus the Host of Heaven sung:
Hail, hail, O hail, thou source of love,
Great Artist of this goodly frame!
The earth and sea, the sky above,
Thou form'st to try immortal fame!
To thee, our Sire,
The cherub choir
The air move with seraphic found,
Ye breezes sweet,
The cadence meet,
And wast it o'er the hallow'd ground.
Ten thousand orbial beauties bright,
Which long confus'd in chaos lay,
Thou brought'st them forth to give delight,
And make the face of Heav'n gay.
To thee, our Sire, &c
'Twas thus the Heav'ns in concert rung,
While Nature kind from chaos sprung,
Brought forth her tender infant green,
And flow'ry sweets, to deck the scene
To finish then the Artist's plan,
Of purest mould he form'd the Man;
Then gave him an immortal soul,
And bid him live, and rule the whole;
While angels, from their golden shrine
Sung with angelic strains divine:
Happy, happy mortals rise,
Taste with us immortal joys,
Blooming on yon sacred tree,
Planted by the Deity,
The hallow'd fruit is MASONRY.
Far beyond the pregnant sky,
There the hopes of Masons lie,
Masons happy choice above,
Masons every blessing prove,
Friendship, harmony, and love.
Since perfect love and pow'r divine
First gave our science birth,
So friendship shall our hearts entwine,
And harmonize the earth;
Behold the virgin hither flies,
To crown us with her blissful joys.
Blooming as fair Eden's bow'r,
Friendship, goddess heav'nly bright,
Dropping in a balmy shower,
Breathing concord and delight;
Each Mason feels the sacred fire
Glow with ardour in his heart;
The flame inspires him with desire
To relieve each other's smart.
From Heav'n since such blessings flow,
Let ev'ry Mason while below
Our noble science here improve;
'Twill raise his soul to realms above,
And make his lodge - a lodge of love.
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