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Hands Across the Sea

By Lawrence Greenleaf

Here′s Hands across the sea! good sirs, here′s Hands across the sea!
To every isle and continent where′er our brethren be
For we are one in sympathy, as we are one in name
The self same tools are bright with use and mystic lights aflame
The same designs on trestle board by which our tasks are wrought
Their symbol truths impressed on heart and centered in our thought.
For that which counts for greatest good is through the lives of each
Who by their acts exemplify the principles we teach.

The world′s great heart is throbbing with the spirit of unrest
We hear the cry that welleth up from peoples long oppressed
We see the rule of mammon and the grasping hand of greed,
The travesties of justice and the toiler′s bitter need,
The striving for the mastery, the ever present fear,
With nation watching nation, and the war clouds hovering near,
And the question ever riseth as portentous signs we trace,
What will the final outcome be, and what the saving grace?
And Masonry makes answer with its never changing plan
The Fatherhood of God. the Brotherhood of Man!

Though aeons upon aeons break upon the shores of time,
This is the grand fulfillment, and the prophesy sublime
This is the work of trestle board for brethren everywhere,
For never was there greater need for level, plumb and square,
For trowel with cement of love to strengthen and unite
The human race in brotherhood, and usher in the Light!
To all who aid this glorious work, wherever they may be,
Here′s to the Craft in homeland, and here′s Hands across the sea!
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