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A Real Mason

By Frank F. Baer

My Brother, Masonry means more
Than just to wear a pin,
Or carrying a dues receipt
So the Lodge will let you in.

You wear an emblem on your coat,
And on your hand a ring.
But, if you're not sincere at heart,
This doesn't mean a thing.

It's just an outward sign to show
The world that you belong
To this Fraternal Brotherhood
That teaches right from wrong.

What really counts lies buried deep
Within the human breast
Masonic teaching brings it out
And puts it to the test.

If you can do outside the Lodge
The things you learn within,
Be just and upright to yourself
And to your fellow men

Console a brother when he's sick,
Or help him when in need.
Without a thought of a reward
For any act or deed

Conduct yourself in such a way
The world without can see
None but the best can meet the test
Laid down by Masonry

Respect and live up to your trust
And do the best you can
Then you can tell the world you are
A Mason and a Man!
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