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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