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I became an Entered Apprentice And learned that I had lost The things of God that make up life,
And had to pay the cost; And knew until I had regained The things in life worthwhile,
That I must seek until I learned To go the second mile.
To aid me in my searching,
a Fellow‑craft became,
And laboured in the quarries,
Perfection was my aim; To know just what it means to work And toil with my fellow man,
To become‑a portion of the whole,
A unit in God's plan.
To help me in my questing I took the third degree,
I had to know the truths of life,
And what it held for me; I found that life was incomplete Unless a mortal knew That Death is part and parcel Of the things God has in view.
I saw the wreck and ruin
Of things that had been built,
I also saw the chaos
'Mid the rubbish and the silt;
I learned to build,
not for myself,
That in life's onward march,
Each one must learn to live Within the Holy Royal Arch.
  I also knew that I must know And walk the perfect way,
I knew I once had known it,
But lost it on the day I turned aside from truth and right,
And thought of naught but self,
The appeasing of the appetites,
And seeking power and pelf.
I knew that I must follow In the paths of God' s own Son,
The Captain of Salvation,
Until my goal I'd won; That I must know the reason,
The substance of this life,
To watch and pray and come what may,
To overcome all strife.
I sought new consecration For the task that lay ahead,
I prayed for grace to guide me,
To give me daily bread; The bread of life from heaven,
The water from on high,
To feed my soul and spirit And keep me ever nigh The Creator and the Giver Of the essence of all light,
The Sun,
the Moon,
All glowing by His might.
Join with your fellows,
your apron display,
The teachings of virtue,
practice each day,
And when to the Grand Lodge above you have gone,
You'll hear the Grand Master proclaim "Well Done

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