The Old Master’s Wages

I met a dear old man today
Who wore a Masonic pin
It was old and faded like the man
It’s edges worn and thin…

…I approached the park bench where he sat
To give the old Brother his due
I said “I see you’ve traveled East,”
He said, “I have, have you?”

I said, “I have, and in my day
Before the all seeing sun
I played in the rubble
with jubela, jubelo, and jubalum.”

He said “Don’t laugh at the work my son,
It’s good and sweet and true…
And if you’ve traveled as you said,
You should give these things their due.”

“The work, the sign, the token,
The sweet Masonic prayer,
The vow that you have taken,
You’ve climbed the inner stair.”

“The wages of a Mason,
Are never paid in gold,
the gain comes from contentment,
When you’re weak and growing old.”

“You see, I’ve carried my obligations,
For almost Fifty years,
It has helped me through the hardships,
And the failures full of tears.”

“Now I’m losing mind and body,
Death is near, but I don’t despair,
I’ve lived my life upon the level,
And I’ll die upon the Square.”

Sometimes the greatest lessons,
Are those that are learned anew,
And the old man in the park today,
Has changed my point of view.

To all my Masonic Brothers,
The only secret is to care…
May you live upon the level,
And depart upon the Square.

“The Old Master’s Wages” anonymous

About leader

District Deputy Grand Master Saratoga-Warren District 1998-2000; Grand Lodge Leadership Services Committee; Leadership Development Course Coordinator; Vice Chairman Grand Master's Educational Task Force; Vice Chairman Grand Lodge Child ID Committee; District Deputy Grand High Priest 14th Capitular District; Grand Master of the 1st Veil 2010; Grand Master 2nd Veil 2011; Grand Master 3rd Veil 2012 Grand Royal Arch Captain 2013 Grand Principal Sojourner 2014 Grand Captain of the Host 2015 Warren County Historical Society Board of Trustees; Queensbury Masonic Historical Society Charter Member; State Chairman Lodges & Buildings Committee Deputy Grand Master's Advisory Committee
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