Lodge St. Andrew #518

A Mason and a Man

My Brother, Masonry means much more
Than the wearing of a pin
Or carrying a paid-up dues receipt
So the Lodge will let me in

You may wear an emblem on your coat
From a finger flash a ring
But if you're not sincere at heart
This doesn't mean a thing

It's merely an outward sign to show
The World that you belong
To this great Fraternal Brotherhood
That teaches right from wrong

What really counts lies buried deep
Within the human breast
'Till Masonic teaching brings it out
And puts it to the test

If you practice out of the Lodge
The things which you learn within
Be just and upright to yourself
And to your fellow men

Console a Brother when he's sick
And assist him when in need
Without a thought of personal reward
For any act or deed

Walk the world in such a way
That the world can see
That only the best can meet the test
Laid down by Masonry

Be always faithful to your trust
And do the best you can
Then you can proudly tell the world
You're a Mason and a Man

Attributed to C.F. Reynolds / Sec. Delia Lodge No. 419, Delia, Kansas.

Special thanks to Bro. David Hutcheon (P.M. St. Andrew #518) for forwarding this poem to me.