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Moral Truth and Virtue (Level 1)

By Bill Shorto

II shuffle through the darkness and the poverty of birth

as destitute. I seek to find the light.

The pave I tread I've chosen, for I recognise the worth

of those others who have - sometime - shared my plight.

I feel the comfort flowing through the hand that grips my own

and the presence by my side as, on my knee,

the beauties of true Godliness are in my spirit sown,

and the light of future wisdom I can see.

Following my leader where no danger can ensue,

being free, of good report, I fear no ill.

His certain steps I follow as a garment I endue

acceptance of responding to his will.

A dreadful exhortation as again I bend the knee

and promise on the Holy Book of Law

No risk is there of doubting what my shameful fate will be,

if I should once this solemn pledge ignore.

But now I find the blessing of material light renewed

and ponder on the lessons there contained.

I wear the badge of innocence with which I am endued

I hear the bond of friendship now explained.

I listen to the warning that is given to my heart,

to remember how I entered on this course

should I ever meet a brother to whom I can impart

the benefice of shrewdly placed resource.

My apprenticeship is furthered by the tools that are displayed

my mind is deftly guided in their use.

I learn how I may build upon the promise I have made.

and how the rough-hewn ashlar to reduce.

Now for just a moment I'm permitted to retire -

a respite from the mind expanding grind.

I clothe myself with comfort in my regular attire

before returning to the temple of the mind.

Here I learn the rules by which my character is formed

how my manhood is distinguished from my youth.

I hear the sacred dictates the importance I'm informed

of Honour, and of Virtue, and of Truth.

I enter into Brotherhood that covers all the world

and leave behind the darkness of the night.

I see the glorious banners of the Brotherhood unfurled -

and yet I seek expansion of the light.
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