I Knelt Where Hiram Knelt – A Poem
I Knelt Where Hiram Knelt
by Pat M. Armstrong
Last night I knelt where Hiram knelt
And took an obligation.
Today, I’m closer to my God
And I’m a Master Mason.
Though heretofore my fellow men
Seemed each one like the other;
Today, I search each one apart
I’m looking for “MY BROTHER.”
And as I feel his friendly grip
It fills my heart with pride;
I know that while I’m on the square
That he is on my side.
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His footsteps on my errand go,
If I should such require;
His prayers will plead on my behalf;
If I should so desire.
My words are safe within his breast,
As though within my own;
His hand forever at my back,
To help me safely home.
Good counsel whisper in my ear,
And warns of any danger.
My square and compass, Brother now,
Who once would call me stranger.
I might have lived a normal life
And risen to distinctions;
Without my brothers helping hand,
And fellowship of Masons.
But God, who knows how hard it is
To resist life’s temptations,
Knows why I knelt where Hiram knelt;
And took an obligation
The Level and the Square
By Rob Morris
We meet upon the level and we part upon the square
These words have precious meaning and are practice everywhere
Come let us contemplate them, they are worthy of a thought
From the ancient times of Masonry, these symbols have 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 consider within our outer door
And we all meet on the level upon the checker floor.
We act upon the Plumb the Junior Warden states
We walk upright throughout our lives, we seek the pearly gates
The All-seeing Eye that reads our hearts doth bears 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
here’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 has met upon the level and been tried upon the square?
Let us meet upon the level that 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 to 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.