[By Brother JOHN RICHARDSON, of the ROYAL BRUNSWICK
"O WHAT a happy thing it is,
Brethren to dwell in unity:"
Whilst ev'ry action's squar'd by this,
The true base-line of Masonry,
Our plumb-rule fixed to the point,
The Angle of Uprightness shews
From side to side, from joint to joint,
By steps the stately mansion rose.
Whate'er the order of the plan,
The parts will with the whole agree;
For, by a geometric man,
The work is done in symmetry.
From East to West, from North to South,
Far as the foaming billows roll;
Faith, Hope, and silver-braided Truth,
Shall stamp with worth the Mason's soul.
But, chiefest come, sweet Charity,
Meek, tender, hospitable guest;
Aided by those, inspir'd by thee,
How tranquil is the Mason's breast!
An olive branch thy forehead binds,
The gift that peerless Prudence gave;
An emblem of congenial minds,
And such masonic brethren have.
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