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God’s Freemasonry

Here in a lodge of pines I sit;

The canopy thrown over it

Is heaven’s own of very blue;

Due east and west its precincts lie

And always the all-seeing eye

Of summer’s sun is shining through.


Its portals open to the west;

The chipmunk gray and sober dressed,

The tyler is: You see him dodge

To challenge every new alarm:

He has no sword upon his arm

But well he guards this secret lodge.


Out master is that giant pine

Who bends o’er us with mein divine

To keep the lodge in order trim:

His wardens are two gray-beard birch

Who sit like elders in a church

Or make decorous bows to him.


The deacons are two slender trees,

Who move about whene’er the breeze

Brings orders from the master’s seat;

Our organist? Where thickest glooms

Are darkening in the pine top’s plumes

The brother winds out music beat.


Whoever knocks upon the door

To learn the ancient wildwood lore,

That one he is our candidate:

We strip him of his city gear,

And meet him on the level here,

Then to our ways initiate.


We slip the hoodwink from his eye

And bid him look on earth and sky

To read the hieroglyphics there;

More ancient these than Golden Fleece

Or Roman Eagle, Tyre, or Greece,

Or Egypt old beyond compare.


On grass and stone and flower and sod

Is written down by hand of God

The secrets of this Masonry;

Who has the hoodwink from his eyes

May in these common things surprise

The awful signs of Deity.


Here bird and plant and man and beast

Are seeking their Eternal East:

And here in springtime may be heard,

By him who doth such teachings seek

With praying heart, and wise, and meek,

The thundering of the old Lost World.


All things that in creation are

From smallest fly to largest star,

In this fellowship may be

For all that floweth out from Him,

From dust to man and seraphim

Belong to God’s freemasonry.

— H L Haywood, from The Builder, December 1918

The Newly-Made Mason

The Newly-Made Mason: What He and Every Mason Should Know About Masonry by H L Haywood, a 1973 hardcover published by Macoy Publishing and Masonic Suppy Co., is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

H L Haywood The Newly- Made Mason from Macoy

“The Newly Made Mason usually craves to know what it is all about:—what it all means. We have long felt that there should be made available for him a single book—readable—concise, comprehensive. This is just such a book; it covers briefly but adequately the origin, history, philosophy, symbolism, organization and operation of the Order. It answers all his ordinary questions. His lodge, itself, or his relatives, friends and business associates should present it to him at his raising and start him off right.

Some knowledge of the laws and customs of the Middle Ages is an absolute essential to a clear understanding of present day Masonry. We know of no one better informed or more able to furnish this blackground than Brother H. L. Haywood, the author of this book. He spent his lifetime in the study of Masonic and Medieval history and wrote many authoritative and interesting books on these subjects. In this book he ably and interestingly presents the generally accepted conclusions of modern Masonic Scholarship. He also advances and strongly defends some theories and ideas essentially his own. These are based on his wide and general knowledge of the Craft.” — dust copy