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The Level and the Square

By Rob Morris

1854
We meet upon the level and we part upon the square
These words have precious meaning and are practiced everywhere

Come let us contemplate them, they are worthy of a thought
From the ancient times of Masonry these symbols have been taught

We meet upon the level, every country, sect and creed
The rich man from his mansion, the poor man from the field

For wealth is not considered within our outer door
And we all meet on the level upon the checkered floor.

We act upon the Plumb the Junior Warden states
We walk upright throughout our lives, we seek the pearly gates

The Allseeing Eye that reads our hearts doth bear us witness true
That we shall try to honor God and give each man his due

We part upon the square as all good Masons do
We mingle with the multitude a faithful band and true

So the brotherhood of Masonry from every corner come
To meet upon the level and act upon the plumb.

There′s a world where all are equal we′re coming to it fast
We shall meet upon the level there when the days on earth are past

We shall stand before the altar and our Master will be there
To try the blocks we offer with his own unerring square

We shall meet upon the level there but never thence depart
There′s a Mansion ′tis all ready for each trusting, faithful heart

There′s a Mansion and a welcome and a multitude is there
Who have met upon the level and been tried upon the square.

Let us meet upon the level then while these earthly ties we share
And just hope we′re there to answer when the roll is called up there

As we travel through our lifespan time aids us prepare
To gather up our working tools and part upon the square

So remember all our teachings, that bright fraternal chain
We part upon the square below to meet in heaven again

These words have precious meaning and are practiced everywhere
We meet upon the level and we part upon the square.
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