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The Apron

By Rob Morris

This fair and stainless thing I take
To be my badge for virtue's sake
Its ample strings that gird me round
My constant cable tow are found
And as securely they are tied
So may true faith with me abide
And as I face the sunny South
I pledge to God my Mason's truth,
That while on earth I do remain
My Apron shall not have a stain.

This fair and stainless thing I raise
In memory of Apprentice days,
When on the checkered pavement wide,
With gauge and gavel well supplied,
I keep my garments free from soil
Though laboring in a menial toil
And as I face the golden West
I call my Maker to attest
That while on earth I do remain
My Apron shall not have a stain.

This fair and stainless thing I lower,
Its 'Prentice aid I need no more
For laws and principles are given
The Fellow Craft direct from Heaven
To help the needy, keep a trust,
Observe the precepts of the just
And as I face the darkened North
I send this solemn promise forth,
That while on earth I do remain,
My Apron shall not have a stain.

This fair and stainless thing I fold,
A Master Mason now behold!
A welcome guest in every land
With princes and with kings to stand
Close tyled within my heart of hearts
I keep all secret arts and parts,
And try to walk the heavenly road
In daily intercourse with God
And as I face the mystic East,
I vow by Him I love the best,
That while on earth I do remain,
My Apron shall not have a stain.

This fair and stainless thing I doff
But though I take my Apron off
And lay the stainless badge aside,
Its teaching ever shall abide
For God has given Light Divine
That we may walk opposed to sin
And sympathy and brotherly love
Are emanations from above
And life itself is only given
To square and shape our souls for Heaven,
The glorious temple in the sky,
The grand Celestial Lodge on high.
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