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“Hearing that the Masons had certain secrets that could not be revealed to her (for she could not be Grand Master), Queen Elizabeth sent an armed force to break up their annual Grand Lodge at York on St. John’s Day, December 27, 1561. But Sir Thomas Sackville took care to see that some of the men sent were Freemasons, who, joining in the communication, made “a very honourable” report to the Queen, who never more attempted to dislodge or disturb them; but esteemed them a peculiar sort of men, that cultivated peace and friendship, arts and sciences, without meddling in the affairs of Church or State”. From The Builders by Joseph Fort Newton

“Thus the work of each day was begun, moving forward amidst the din and litter of the hours, until the craft was called from labour to refreshment; and thus a cathedral was uplifted as a monument to the order, albeit the names of the builders are faded and lost. Employed for years on the same building, and living together in the Lodge, it is not strange that Free-masons came to know and love one another, and to have a feeling of loyalty to their craft, unique, peculiar and enduring. Traditions of fun and frolic, of song and feast and gala-day, have floated down to us, telling of a comradeship as joyous as it was genuine. If their life had hardship and vicissitude, it had also its grace and charm of friendship, of sympathy, service, and community of interest, and the joy that comes of devotion to a high and noble art.” From The Builders by Joseph Fort Newton

Here lies the tragedy of our race:
Not that men are poor;
All men know something of poverty.
Not that men are wicked;
Who can claim to be good?
Not that men are ignorant;
Who can boast that he is wise?
But that men are strangers!

by W Bro. Robert Taylor