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THE INSTALLING MASTER

[The following poem, m HUwathlan vace, descriptive of tho duty of an In~ vlalling M-rtior, will be aoaoptnblß to all Froemaaotia. It is from the pen of one of the Past Miatoia of tit Jobn'a Lodge, A»hburtou, uni w»a recited by tbe author at tbe binquut after the installation last Monday J Would you be Installing Master Of & Lodge of old Freemasons J Would yon do the ceremony Of iuat&iLng a now Momer } Then mako up your mind for stud/ Fur the atudy of ttio teneta And tlie ohargoa of the Order. Loam by cole from out the text-book, And repeat it often daily, 'ill your memory ia perfect Till you have acquired preoioion. Then, conduct the ceremony Aa tbe Maatur of all others, Take In hand tbe evening's meaning ; Maattr be m giving orders ; Weigh woll every word you utter Kvory wordaud ovary accent. Let trie worda convey tho meaning ; Yog, a moaning to eaoh Mason ; kod lob every word you'ro aayiug Sound both dearly and distinctly, Sj that eaoh and every brother May hottr and b» Interested. Like the brook, 11 m on for ever ; Be not guilty of a falter { O»n not to a single atammer ; To your memory whisper " fall not" ; Let you; intalleot have courage ; Bear iv mind it 1) your duty. Speak, with force «ud wltti precision, Words woll weighted with much wisdom— Words that carry muoh of wisdom— Words the author baa intended Should strike home unto the bearers. Bd the man to bear the burden Of illas'rlous old Musters. let tho mantle of Past Masterr— Of the many grout Past M«atere Full not on unworthy nhoulders ] Bat do you act your part bo that (Jrafuhlp loaea uoi Its luetre — ■ Loaeu noue of ita old greatness, Ljooßuot its light and lustre Whilst It rests upon your ohou'ders. Feel you have thy luap ration Of the many K^oat old Ma3tera Who have trod tbe path bofore you. Keoognls3 It is your duty To preserve their f»ih ond p-estlge— To piLßervo their living gre»tae6B. Soo you place no taint or Urniah On tholr living fame and grandeur. See th.it, paro and qaite v icuHlod, You, bb an laatalilng Master, Pass tho mantlo of tbe great ones Who have trod tho path before you Who with grace and reputation Have m many bygone ages Borne tholr p«rt within the Lodges.

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THE INSTALLING MASTER Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2160, 28 June 1889

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