the official monitor
grand lodge of Texas (1922)
[The following was composed by the compiler of this Revised
Monitor, many years ago, to follow immediately after the delivery of "Morris'
Masonic Poem." It has been so favorably received, that it is now given to the
Craft, in printed form, so that they may receive any benefit it may be to
An Apostrophe to "Hope"
Brethren: If Masonry teaches us anything, it teaches us the
Fatherhood of God, and the Brotherhood of Man! It teaches us Life, Death, a
Resurrection, and a Future Life!
Brethren, the Covering of a Lodge is no less than "the clouded-canopy, or
starry-decked heavens, where all good Masons hope at last to arrive by the aid
of the theological ladder, which Jacob, in his vision, saw extending from Earth
to Heaven; the three principal rounds of which are denominated, Faith, Hope, and
Charity, teaching faith in God, hope in Immortality, and charity to all
Yes, "Hope!" With silv’ry tongue and dainty fingers, Hope plays upon the
golden strings, and sings to us the cheering melody of
"A Final Resurrection and An Endless Life!"
The comforting strains of her angelic music reverberate through
all the corridors of our ancient and mystic Temple; its sweet cadences cheer us
while we live--comfort us when we come to die--and linger, like a pleasant
requiem, about our newly-made graves, when we sleep the sleep of death!
Yes, Hope is an anchor to the soul,--both sure, and steadfast! and is
anchored to that within the vail! Yes, Hope plants the Sprig of Evergreen, at
the head of our graves, and sits there, through all the intervening years,
Paeans of Immortality!
and proclaiming that our lifeless clay shall be raised * * * * and that, in a
land far brighter and happier than this, our bodies and souls, reunited, shall
forever bloom in Eternal Spring!
Brethren, for this, let us hope, and to this, let us press forward! Amen!
Response: So mote it be!
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