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The Poetic Works of Wilbur D. Nesbit

When Are You A Mason?

When are you a Mason?
When you go to Lodge
If there is a meeting
That you cannot dodge?
When you wear your button?
When still up you climb?
The way to be a Mason
Is to be one all the time.

When are you a Mason?
When there's fun and feast,
Or when you can bolster
With a word at least
Some poor devil's spirits!
The real help you give.
The way to be a Mason
Is to be one as you live.

When are you a Mason?
When some gossip spreads
Of another brother,
Are you the one who heads
Off the hurtful babble,
And helps make things right?
The way to be a Mason
Is to be one day and night.

When are you a Mason?
Brother, you and I
Can make great the Order
As the days go by,
Through each word and action,
Through each song and smile:
The way to be a Mason
Is to be one all the while!

Good Fellowship

Ho, Brother, it′s the handclasp and the good word and the smile
That does the most and helps the most to make the world worth while!
It′s all of us together, or it′s only you and I
A ringing song of friendship, and the heart beats high
A ringing song of friendship, and a word or two of cheer!
Then all the world is gladder and the bending shy is clear!

It′s you and I together and we′re brothers one and all
When even thorough good fellowship we hear the subtle call,
Whenever in the ruck of things we feel the helping hand
or see the deeper glow that none but we may understand
Then all the world is good to us and all is worth the while
Ho, brother, it′s the handclasp and the good word and the smile!

I Sat In Lodge With You

There is a saying filled with cheer,
Which calls a man to fellowship.
It means as much for him to hear
As lies within the brother grip.
Nay, more! It opens wide the way
To friendliness sincere and true
There are no strangers when you say
To me: I sat in lodge with you.

When that is said, then I am known
There is no questioning nor doubt
I need not walk my path alone
Nor from my fellows be shut out.
Those words hold all of brotherhood
And help me face the world anew
There's something deep and rich and good
In this: I sat in lodge with you.

Though in far lands one needs must roam
By sea and shore and hill and plain,
Those words bring him a touch of home
And lighten tasks that seem in vain.
Men's faces are no longer strange
But seem as those he always knew
When some one brings the joyous change
With this: I sat in lodge with you.

So you, my brother, now and then
Have often put me in your debt
By showing forth to other men
That you your friends do not forget.
When all the world seems gray and cold
And I am weary, worn and blue
Then comes this golden thought I hold
You said: I sat in lodge with you.

When to the last great Lodge you fare
My prayer is that I may be
One of your friends who wait you there
Intent your smiling face to see.
We, with the warden at the gate,
Will have a pleasant task to do
We'll call, though you come soon or late:
Come in! We sat in lodge with you!
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