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The 34th Degree

By Paul V. Marshall, Sr.

Your time on Earth, spent in service.
A shining example of a Man to be.
But, you're now needed in the Heavenly Lodge.
Time has come for your 34th Degree.

Leaving behind the ones you Love.
Are the dues that you must pay.
From afar, you can watch over them.
A part of your obligation this day.

This is the farthest you can go.
The highest point of Masonic Life.
No higher an honor can be sown.
In God's Lodge, you must now stride.

God in the East, King Solomon, the West.
They open the Lodge for you this day.
You go the way as Masons before.
To sit with Pride, and stand with Praise.

The Alter shows the Love you felt.
Brotherhood of Man, One and All.
Your deeds reflect like shining Gold.
The jewel you wear is none too small.

You now stand, before this Alter.
Deserving of the rest you now seek.
No longer to toil the labors of life.
Grand Masters' wages are yours to keep.

Those of us you've left behind.
Will carry on the work for you.
Your dedication will shine for all.
A memorial you leave for all to view.

So, gather your wages, rest for now.
Lay back in the shade of Gods' great tree.
You've earned the honor, now bestowed.
MASONS in HEAVEN, THE 34th DEGREE.
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