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The Hidden Meaning

By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A Mason′s ways are

A type of existence,

And his persistence

Is as the days are

Of men in the world.

The future hides in it

Good hap or sorrow,

We pass through it

Naught there abides in it

Daunting usonward.

And silent, before us,

Veiled the dark portal,

Goal of all mortal

Stars silent rest over us,

Graves under us are silent.

But heard are the voices

Voice of the sages

Of the world and the ages

Choose well, your choice is

Brief, but yet endless.

Here eyes do regard you

In eternity′s stillness,

Here is all fullness,

Ye brave, to reward you,

Work, and despair not.
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