What Makes A Mason?

What makes you a Mason, O brother of mine?

It isn’t the due-guard, nor is it the sign,

It isn’t the jewel which hangs on your breast,

It isn’t the apron in which you are dressed,

It isn’t the step, nor the token, nor grip,

Nor lectures that fluently flow from the lip,

Nor yet the possession of that mystic word

On five points of fellowship duly conferred.

Though these are essential, desirable, fine,

They don’t make a Mason, O brother of mine.

That you to your sworn obligations are true —

‘Tis that, brother mine, makes a Mason of you.

Secure in your heart you must safeguard your trust,

With lodge and with brother be honest and just,

Assist the deserving who cry in their need,

Be chaste in your thought, in your word and your deed,

Support him who falters, with hope banish fear,

And whisper advice in an erring one’s ear.

Then will the Great Lights on your path brightly shine,

And you’ll be a Mason, O brother of mine.

Your use of life’s hours by the gauge you must try,

The gavel to vices with courage apply;

Your walk must be upright, as shown by the plumb,

On the level, to bourne whence no travelers come;

The Book of your faith be the rule and the guide,

The compass your passions shut safely inside;

The stone which the Architect placed in your care

Must pass the strict test of His unerring square,

And then you will meet with approval divine,

And you’ll be a Mason, O brother of mine.

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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