Ten Master Masons
Ten Master Masons, happy, doing fine
One listened to a rumor, then there were nine.
Nine Master Masons, faithful, never late
One didn't like the Master, then there were eight.
Eight Master Masons, on their way to heaven
One joined too many clubs, then there were seven.
Seven Master Masons, life dealt some hard licks
One grew discouraged, then there were six.
Six Master Masons, all very much alive
One lost his interest, then there were five.
Five Master Masons, wishing there were more
Got into a great dispute, then there were four.
Four Master Masons, busy as could be
One didn't like the programs, then there were three.
Three Master Masons, was one of them you?
One grew tired of all the work, then there were two.
Two Master Masons with so much to be done
One said What's the use, then there was one.
One Master Mason, found a brother true!
Brought him to the Lodge, then there were two.
Two Master Masons didn't find work a bore
Each brought another, then there were four.
Four Master Masons saved their Lodge's fate
By showing others kindness, then there were eight.
Eight Master Masons, loving their Lodges bright sheen
Talked so much about it, they soon counted sixteen.
Sixteen Master Masons, to their obligations true
Were pleased when their number went to thirty-two.
So we can't put our troubles at the Lodge's door
It's our fault for harming the Lodge we adore.
Don't fuss about the programs or the Master in the East
Keep your obligation by serving even the very least.
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