The Level and the Square

  

We meet upon the level and we part upon the square
What words of precious meaning those words masonic are
Come let us contemplate them, they are worthy of a thought
From the very soul of Masonry those precious words are wrought.

We meet upon the level, and from every station come
The rich man from his mansion, the poor man from his home
But the rich man leaves his wealth and state outside the mason's door
And the poor man is his equal when they walk the checkered floor.

We act upon the Plumb 'tis our master's great command
To walk upright in virtue's way and lean to neither hand
The All-seeing Eye that reads our hearts will bear us witness true
That we shall try to know our God and give each man his due.

We part upon the square for the world must have its due
To mingle with the multitude but keep our secrets true
But the influence of our gathering in memory is green
And we long upon the level to renew the happy scene.

There's a world where all are equal we're heading towards it fast
We shall meet upon the level there when the gates of death are past
We shall stand before the Orient, our Master will be there
Our works to try, our lives to prove with God's unerring square

We shall meet upon the level there and never more to part
There's a Mansion - ‘tis all ready for each trusting, faithful heart
There's a Mansion and a welcome from the brethren waiting there
Who have met upon the level and been tried upon the square.

Let us meet upon the level then while labouring patient here
Let us meet and let us labour, though the labour be severe
Already in the Western sky, the signs bid us prepare
To gather up our working tools and part upon the square.

So hands round brother masons, form that fraternal chain
We part upon the square below to meet in heaven again
All ties that have been broken shall be cemented there,
None shall be lost around God's throne, that parted on the square .