I am Freemasonry



I was born in antiquity,

in the ancient days when man first dreamed of God. 

I have been tried through the ages, and found true. 

The crossroads of the world bear the imprint of my feet,

and the cathedrals of all nations mark the skill of my hands. 

I strive for beauty and symmetry. 

In my heart is wisdom and strength and courage for those who ask.

Upon my altar is the book of holy writ, 

and my prayers are to the one omnipotent God.

My sons work and play together,

without rank or discord in the public mart and inner chamber.

By signs and symbols I teach the lessons of life and death, 

and the relationship of man with God and of man with man. 

My arms are widespread to receive those of lawful age and good report

who seek me of their own freewill. 

I will accept them and teach them to use my tools in the building of men and thereby, 

find direction in their quest for perfection so much desired and so difficult to attain. 

I lift up the fallen and shelter the sick.

I hark to the orphans cry, the window’s tears, and the pain of the old and destitute. 

I am not church, nor party, nor school.

Yet my sons bear a full share of responsbility to God, to country, to neighbour and

to themselves. 

They are freemen, tenacious of their liberties and alert of lurking danger.

At the end I commit them,

as each one undertakes the journey beyond the vale into the glory of everlasting life.

I ponder the sand within the glass

and think how small a single life is in the Eternal Universe.

Always have I taught immortality and even as I raise men from darkness into light,

I am a way of life. 

I am Freemasonry.


By W Bro Ray D Wenslow