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The Poetic Works of Neal A. McCauley

The Plumb

Build up your life like the temple of old

With stones that are polished and true

Cement it with love, and adorn it with gold
As all Master builders should do:

Upon a foundation, well chosen and strong,
Build now for the ages to come:

Make use of the good, while rejecting the wrong-
And test all your work with the plumb.

The Five Points Symbolism

Foot to foot, that we may go,
Where our help we can bestow
Pointing out the better way,
Lest our brothers go astray.
Thus our steps should always lead
To the souls that are in need.

Knee to knee, that we may share
Every brother′s needs in prayer:
Giving all his wants a place,
When we seek the throne of grace.
In our thoughts from day to day
For each other we should pray.

Breast to breast, to there conceal,
What our lips must not reveal
When a brother does confide,
We must by his will abide.
Mason′s secrets to us known,
We must cherish as our own.

Hand to back, our love to show
To the brother, bending low:
Underneath a load of care,
Which we may and ought to share.
That the weak may always stand,
Let us lend a helping hand.

Cheek to cheek, or mouth to ear,
That our lips may whisper cheer,
To our brother in distress:
Whom our words can aid and bless.
Warn him if he fails to see,
Dangers that are known to thee.

Foot to foot, and knee to knee,
Breast to breast, as brothers we:
Hand to back and mouth to ear,
Then that mystic word we hear
Which we otherwise conceal,
But on these five points reveal.
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