TOAST TO THE VISITORS
TONIGHT I HAVE THE PLEASURE
TO ALL I MUST CONFESS
TO GIVE TO YOU THIS TOAST
TO OUR VISITORS AND OUR GUESTS.
THE FELLOWSHIP YOU BRING TONIGHT
IS SOMETHING WHICH CAN'T COMPARE
YOU KNOW WE LIKE TO SEE YOU
AND GLAD YOUR ALWAYS THERE.
THE HARMONY , THE CHATS AND JOKES
WITH OUR OLD AND NEW FOUND FRIENDS.
WE WISH IT COULD LAST FOR HOURS,
AND SOME HOW NEVER END.
BUT.....ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO
AND WE MUST GO ARE SEPARATE WAY.
WE HOPE YOU ENJOYED YOURSELF TONIGHT,
AND RETURN AGAIN SOMEDAY.
AND NOW I ASK THE MEMBERS
TO RAISE A GLASS IN CHEER
TO TOAST TO ALL OUR VISITORS
WHO SUPPORTED US THIS YEAR.
by Mike Bauer (a Buckeye in Scotland)
WSW Portobello Llodge #226
Edinburgh , Scotland
TEN MASTER MASONS
Ten Master Masons, happy, doing
One listened to a rumor, then there were nine.
Nine Master Masons, faithful, never
One didn't like the "Master," then there were eight.
Eight Master Masons, on their way
One joined to 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
One lost his interest, then there were five.
Five Master Masons, wishing there
Got into a great dispute, then there were four.
Four Master Masons, busy as could
One didn't like the programs, then there were three.
Three Master Masons, was one of
One grew tired of all the work, then there were two.
Two Master Masons with so much to
One said "What's the use," then there was one.
One Master Mason, found a brother
Brought him to the Lodge, then there were two.
Two Master Masons didn't find work
Each brought another, then there were four.
Four Master Masons saved their Lodges
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
Were pleased when their number went to thirty-two.
So we can't put our troubles at
the Lodges 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.
SOLEMN STRIKES THE FUNERAL CHIMES
Solemn strikes the funeral chime!
Notes of our departing time,
As we journey here below,
On a pilgrimage of woe.
Brothers, now indulge a tear,
For mortality is here!
See how wide her trophies wave,
O'er the slumbers of the grave.
Here another guest we bring,
Seraphs of celestial wing,
To our funeral altar come,
Waft a friend and brother home.
Lord of all, below, above,
Fill our hearts with Truth and Love.
As dissolves our earthly tie,
Take us to Thy Lodge on High.
A GIFT OF FRIENDSHIP
Friendship is a priceless gift
that cannot be bought or sold,
But its value is far greater
than a mountain made of gold--
For gold is cold and lifeless,
it can neither see nor hear,
And in the time of trouble
it is powerless to cheer--
It has no ears to listen,
no heart to understand.
It cannot bring you comfort
or reach out a helping hand.
So when you ask God for a gift,
be thankful if he sends
not diamonds, pearls or riches,
but the love of real true friends.
TREASURES IN YOU
There are treasures in life,
but owners are few
Of money and power
to buy things brand new.
Yet you can be wealthy
and feel regal too,
If you will just look
for the treasures in you.
These treasures in life
are not hard to find
When you look in your heart,
your soul, and your mind.
For when you are willing
to share what's within,
Your fervent search
for riches will end.
The joy and the laughter,
the smile that you bring;
The heart unafraid
to love and to sing;
The hand always willing
to help those in need;
Ones quick to reach out,
to labor and fee.
So thank you for sharing
these great gifts inside;
The caring, the cheering,
the hug when one cried.
Thanks for the energy,
And thank you for sharing
the treasures in you.
Fame is what you have taken,
Character's what you give;
Where to this truth you waken'
Then you begin to live.
Oh, East is East, and West is West
and never the twain shall meet,
Till the earth and sky stand presently
at God's great Judgment Seat;
But there is neither East nor West,
Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
When two strong men stand face to face,
thought they come from the ends of the earth!
Men look to the East for the drawing
for the light of the rising sun
But they look to the West, the crimson West,
for the things that are done, are done.
From quiet homes and first beginnings,
Out to the undiscovered ends,
There is nothing worth the wear of winning
But laughter and the love of friends.
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