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Last Night I Knelt Where Hiram Knelt

A MASTER MASONS POEM
by Pat M. Armstrong

 

Last night I knelt where Hiram knelt  
And took an obligation.

Today, Iím closer to my God  
And Iím a Master Mason.

Though heretofore my fellow men  
Seemed each one like the other;
  
Today, I search each one apart  
Iím looking for ďMY BROTHER.Ē
  
And as I feel his friendly grip  
It fills my heart with pride;
  
I know that while Iím on the square  
That he is on my side. 
 
His footsteps on my errand go,
If I should such require; 
 
His prayers will plead in 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 lifeís temptations, 
 
Knows why I knelt where Hiram knelt;  
And took an obligation