THE FIVE POINTS OF FELLOWSHIP
Dr. Robert Morris
Joyful task it is, dear brothers
Thus to take upon the lip
With full heart, and fitting gesture,
All our points of fellowship.
Foot and knee, breast, hand, and cheek
Each a measured part shall speak:
Speak of answering mercy's call;
Speak of prayer for Masons all;
Speak of keeping secrets duly;
Speak of stretching strong hand truly;
Speak of whispering the unruly.
Foot to foot: 'tis mercy's mandate,
When is heard the plaintive sigh,
Hungry, thirsty, homeless, naked,
On the wings of aid to fly;
Hasten, mitigate the grief --
Hasten, bear him quick relief!
Quick with bread to feed the hungry;
Quick with raiment for the naked;
Quick with shelter for the homeless;
Quick with heart's deep sympathy.
Knee to knee: in silence praying,
Lord, give listening ear this day!
Every earthly stain confessing,
For all tempted Masons pray!
Perish envy, perish hate,
For all Masons supplicate.
Bless them, Lord upon the ocean;
Bless them perishing in the desert;
Bless them falling 'neath temptation
Bless them when about to die!
Breast to breast: in holy casket
center strongly held,
Every sacred thing intrusted,
faith's unbroken seal;
What you promised God to shield
but never yield.
Never yield whate'er the trial;
whate'er the number;
Never yield through foully threatened,
the stroke of death.
Hand to back: A brother falling --
misfortune is too great,
Stretch the generous hand, sustain
Quick, before it is too late.
Like a strong, unfaltering
Hold the faltering brother up.
Hold him up; stand like a
Hold him up: there's good stuff in him;
Hold him with his
head toward Heaven;
Hold him with the lion's grip.
cheek: O, when the tempter
Comes, a brother's soul to win,
timely whisper warn him
Of the dark and deadly sin.
from the snare,
Save him with fraternal care.
Save him --
Heavenly powers invoke you --
Save him -- man is worth the
Save him -- breathe your spirit in him
As you'd have your God
This completes the obligation;
Brother, lest you let
Fasten on tenacious memory
All our points of
Foot and knee, breast, hand, and cheek --
Foot and knee,
breast, hand, and cheek.
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