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MASONIC GEM
5
CONSISTING OF
AND DIRGE
ODES, POEM
I^EV. L,
Alford,
fs..
LOGABTSPOBT, IWD.
Being a Miniature Sketch of Esoteric and Bxotene Masonry.
SECOND
EDITION.
NEW YORK:
MASONIC PUBLISHING AND MANUPACTTIRING COMPANY,
432
BROOME STREET.
186
8.
Entered according to Act of Congress, In the yeai
REV.
L.
A.
18ii7,
by
ALFORD,
In the Clerk's Office of the District court oi ine United States
for the Southern District of Ohio.
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Dedicated to
TIPTON AND OEIENT LODGES,
IN LOGANSPOiaT, IND.
AND TO THE
Craft Universal,
by the author.
:
Recommendations.
The Author of the
"
Masonic Gbm " begs leave
and Brethren
gratitude to the following Ledges
notices
to express his
for their
kind
and recommendations
Tipton Lodge, No.
33,
Logansport, Ind.
Whebeas, Our worthy Brother L. A. Alfokd, Chaplain of
Tipton Lodge, No. 33, did, at the request of said Lodge, read a
beautiful Masonic Poem, written by himself, and dedicated to the
and
Craft;
Whbkbas,
Its beautiful teachings of Masonic Love and Duty
merit our highest consideration, and as we believe its publication,
together with the Odes and Dirge that accompany it, would contribute to the good of our beloved Order and obtain a wide circu-
lation
;
therefore,
be
it
Resolved, That we pledge our hearty co-operation in the circulation and sale of the same when published.
I.
BAETLBTT,
Secretary Tipton Lodge, No. 33, F. A.
M.
Orient Lodge, No. 272, Logansport, Ind.
The above Eesolutions were concurred in by Orient Lodge, No.
272, on Friday evening, March 22, 1867, as the same appears of
record.
D.
(5)
W. TOMLINSON,
Sec'y.
,
Eecommendations.
6
Summit City Lodqe,
Ft.
Wayne,
Ind.
To the Worshipful Master, Wardens and Brethren of Summit City
Lodge, No. 170, F. A.
M. ;
"We, the undersigned, your Committee appointed at a Special
Meeting held 12th of April, 1867, respectfully report: That wo
believe the Masonic Gem a book of Poems about to be published
by the Author, our Brother Eev. L. A. Alford, Chaplain Tipton
Lodge, No. 33, Logansport, Ind. being a miniature sketch of
Esoteric and Exoteric Masonry, as worthy the approbation of this,
and cheerfully recommend its merits to all Sister Lodges, as dedicated to the Craft universal.
Mr. Alford has, in this Poem, so interwoven the language of
Divine Truth, as known to Masonry, in a manner to make it a
"Gkm" as it professes to be, and to promote the general good of
our Ancient Order.
—
—
W.
(Signed,)
H.
NEWMAN.
WM. WADINGTON
JOS. E. GEAHAM.
I certify, that the above
is
a true copy of report and resolution
EKED.
E.
BOLTZ,
Sec'y.
Galveston Lodge, No. 244,
by Brother Alfokd, is truly a literary gem.
Its high and lofty sentiment, chaste and beautiful
language, entitles it to a place in every Lodge in the land.
Its publication will, we are sure, be hailed with delight by all
true Masons, and by the literary world in general, and entitles
The Masonic Gem,
its
Author
written
to the gratitude of the Craft universal.
A. MUKPHY, W. M.
H. FEtTSH, S. W.
D.
THOMAS,
M. B.
J.
New
It will be invaluable as a
W.
KNOWLTON,
Sec'y
Haven.
Masonic Gift Book.
J.
McHENDRY.
Eecommetmdations.
La Gkange,
7
Ky.,
May
24,
1867.
I have read with great attention the manuscript of Brother
Alfoed's beautiful Poem, and can sincerely recommend it as
woi'thy, in soundness of sentiment and eloquence of diction, of
the exalted theme to which it is devoted.
ROB. MORRIS, LL.D.
POKT WAYNK, InD.
purely a 'Masonic Gem,' and should he read in all the
Lodges, and would contribute to the good of the Order vastly
more than hundreds of the lectures given.
It
is
SOL; D.
BAYLESS,
P. Q.
M.
of Indiana.
SiBOCK Chaptkk, Beonson, Mich.
of Rev. L. A. Alfoed, entitled The Masonic
Gem,' is certainly one of the richest and most comprehensive of
the kind I ever saw. No Esoteric Mason can read it without feeling its enlivening and thrilling influence. It is emphatically a
cluster of gems.
Ret. p.
The production
'
ROWDEN,
P. K. Sirock Chapter.
Lebanon,
Ind., September 12, 1867.
I have carefully read Brother Alfokd's beautiful Poem entitled
"The Masonic Gem," and can cheerfully and fully recommend it
to the Craft universal, as not only an invaluable Gift Book, but a
purely Masonic Hand Book.
Its symbolic teachings, so beautifully illustrated by Masonic
hieroglyphics, its perfect harmony with the Holy Scriptures, its
deep and highly creditable research, and its moral and esoteric
instructions entitle
it
to a
world-wide circulation.
H. G.
HAZELBIGG,
G.
M.
of Ind.
Eecommendations.
8
CiNCiNiTATi, Ohio.
my hearty approval and
It merits
ducive to the
I believe
its
publication con-
good of the Craft universal.
JOHN SHBKEK,
Masonic Publisher.
FoKT "Watnb, Ind.
To
the above I most conscientiously give
my support.
H. NEWMAN,
Wayne Commandery Chapter No.
W.
K.
S.
Ft.
20.
Pkkit, Ind.
I have never heard a
Gem so completely
Masonic.
E.
W. HAKVET,
W. M. of Miami Lodge No.
Pbetj, Ind.
^
I consider
out it
it
a rare
67.
Gem of Masonry—^no Mason should be withJ. 0.
P.
CLAEK,
W. M. Miami Lodge.
VaDE
Thou
In
value,
Breathe in his
His powers
Sway
Till,
of aroma divine.
fairest flower
social
man
life,
the
He
lives
Th'
afflicted
with
man
pervade
for
—
wrath control;
shall ris€^
Sceptre, as
his
soul
that fill
the
azure shies,
hosts
man
combine;
inmost soul
his
enlighten, and- his
thy grand
like
M.ECUM.
—
to
help, to
save, to
widow, and the fatherless.
Let knowledge spread her world-wide wings abroad,
Unfold in Art the wondrous works of God,
(9)
VaDE MECtJM.
10
Till
truth
and
and
life
The world of matter,
Then
To raise the
soul, to
O'er each bright line
The thought
For
this
thine
like
the
shall
tints
elevate
let
enlarge, the
adorn,
of
Mighty God, thy child
deign,
Adorn
science
t'
mom.
inspire,
desire,
wisdom's power preside,
pen and pencil guide
Poem, written in Thy name.
is
Genius
— Thine
alone is
Fame.
—
NTRODUCTORY.
ASONRY, or more properly speaking, Pree Ma-
^^ sonry, unlike OhriBtian organizations, takes to
mystic altar the rough Ashler— the rough stone out
of the quarry — and by
esoteric working tools,
its
its
for the
fits it
more noble and glorious design of the Great
Master Builder.
It is really a
it
wonder, even to
its
adversaries, that
should have such a world-wide membership, and.
accomplish so
much
in
relieving the
distressed in
every nook and corner of the earth, and not become
either Political, National or Sectarian.
moral teachings pervade
human
all,
And
yet
its
and every department of
society.
In Monarchies, in Eepublics, in States, in Legislatures, in Institutions of
Learning, Colleges, Semina(11)
Introductory.
12
—in
foot-hold—
ries,
its
Churches
orders of society,
all
its altar,
and
its
Masonry has
esoteric school.
Pears have been entertained, and the tocsin of
alarm sounded, to warn the outside world of
croachments and
its
dangerous mysteries.
the Celestial Grand Master of the Order,
pacific,
and pre-eminently conducive
its
Still,
its
enlike
reign
is
to the progress
of science, morality and virtue
Did Masonry,
to its
like religious organizations, receive
altar only the professedly good, the pure, the
spiritual, its great design
and
less
its
would be entirely ignored,
prototype and esoteric working
and unmeaning.
of moral architecture.
tools,
power-
—a
school
It is a building school
Speculative
but not given to speculation, in the
may be called,
common accepta-
it
tion of the term, but really speculative, that
to meditation on the subject of individual
is,
given
and moral
rectitude.
Its rituals carry the initiated
back to the greatest
display of architecture ever found in
any age^the
grandest Temple ever built by mortal hands.
A
13
Introductory.
Temple which was
not
to be a prototype of that
made with hands
House
—eternal in the heavens.
That Deity should leave no trace of so stupendous
work
a
in
the esoteric school of our architectural
natures
as the Temple,
destroy,
and
beauty,
totally
when He had designed
efface
its
exoteric
to
glory and
would almost seem inconsistent with His
revelations to man.
In some manner, this Temple had a grand design
to accomplish.
We
believe
Masonry inheres
industry that achieved this great
its
dination —
^to
arts —
^to
sciences
cycles of the future, to
—and
—in
work of
Divine relationship to moral rectitude
in the
art
—to
subor-
in the far
off
form a part in the grand
accomplishment of peace, harmony and brotherly love
throughout the globe.
Our highest aim and
Gem
to the Craft
tribute to that
Master.
is,
end
object in offering this
to hasten that time
—to
Masonic
—to
con-
honor our Celestial Grand
—
;
Fraternal
TuNK
We
Gi\eeting.
Bonnie Doon.
greet you, brothers, tried and true,
And
Masters
Tour
all,
and Wardens too
cordial welcome, heart
Makes us a
joyful,
and hand.
happy band.
With cheerful hearts we join with you,
Then hear our aong of friendship
'Tis
And
true;
joy to meet when hearts agree.
join
in
songs of harmony.
(15)
;
Fraternal
16
G-reetinq.
II.
There's none can meet as Masons meet,
In love and harmony so sweet;
Where
jarring discords never come,
"Where craftsmen work with square and plumb.
Where
social value
finds
claim.
its
Above a mere ephemeral name,
Where
'Till
links of love fraternal last,
all
the storms of
life
are past.
III.
Prom where
To
Atlantic's billows roar,
California's
On mountain
golden shore
top,
in valley green,
The Mystic Brotherhood are
seen.
While million voices joined in one,
Tell
To
what the working
soothe the sufferer,
Or bear him
craft
have done,
ease his
pain,
to his friends again.
;
THE
ESOTERIC AID EXOTERIC
h
LL HAIL
M.ASONIC
I
MASOK
PoE M.
Masonic mystery,
f^Sublime in Sacred history,
First in the
heart to wisdoni given,
Then broad, and
bright,
Profound in esoteric
and high as heaven,
skill,
God's wondrous purpose to
(17)
fulfill
;
Esoteric Masonry.
18
To bind
in one fraternal glow,
The world-wide brotherhood below.
No
sounding
Ko
revolutions,
No
dialect,
no Christian creed,
No
politics,
no warrior's meed,
No
wealth or fortune, birth or fame,
Have made
titles
mark thy way,
no decay;
for thee
thy wondrous name.
Masonic brotherhood, to thee
God gave
the charm
—the
mystery,
The symbols of the ancient
The moulding of the human
art,
heart,
The wondrous canopy
to trace.
The moral
our race
culture of
Masonic Mission.
Our passions
to subdue with
To worship God
in
19
care,
humble prayer,
That, like the host of heaven above,
"We share the Great Creator's love.
"What
is
thy mission, mystic band,
In every clime, in every land,
On every
ocean
—every
strand,
"Where simoons sweep the rolling sand,
Or where the frozen
glaciers hold,
Their mountain summits in the cold,
"What
is
thy mission,
"What marks the
tell
us,
pray?
progress of thy
way ?
Masonic Mission.
20
Thou
silent tongue,
thou listening
Thou anchor hope, thou blazing
Thou
triple
lights, that
ear,
star.
always shine,
Thou Holy
writings,
Thou
where we how the knee.
altar
As worshipers
all
of Deity.
divine.
—
Masonic Mission.
21
Canst thou control the immortal mind?
Canst thou the
human
passions bind
Amhition, avarice, malice, pride?
Canst thou these hateful passions hide?
Fit the rough ashler for a place
In God's most glorious work of grace
?
hoped, through thy hroad reign of peace,
'Tis
That wars throughout the world will
cease.
That love and joy, from shore to shore,
Will rid this earth of
And make
all
human
gore,
nations love each other.
As Masons love a worthy
brother.
That Jews and Gentiles will unite
To worship God with pure
And
By
delight,
spread o'er earth His knowledge
that mysterious blazing star.
far,
Masonic Mission.
22
And
Christian
With Masons
To
Churches too combine,
work
in this
divine,
huild on Zion's glorious height,
That
city of
Whose master
supreme
builder
Grand Architect
Such hopes
delight,
!
by
is
all
the Lord,
adored.
in faithful hearts are
And drawn upon thy
trestle
stored,
board.
Science of Masoney.
Here
Hence
exoteric
arts
23
knowledge grows,
and sciences
Eeeeived their impulse
arose,
from thee,
first
Sublime and wondrous Masonry.
Here Euclid, father of the
Of mathematics, took a
First learned
art
part.
of Plato to be wise.
Then solved the wonders of the
skies.
Science op MAsoNur.
24
Pythagoras, too,
A
we here
are told,
hidden problem did unfold;
In honor to the art made known.
He
sacrificed
a hecatomb.
Geometrician, scholar, friend,
Thy name, thy fame
Till
tides
will
never end.
and seasons cease to
While mystic peans
fill
roll,
the soul.
The Design and Designers.
The great and good have honored
The patron
Prom age
A
saints
to
boon to
of history,
age thy name has given
man—a hope
of heaven.
The greatest King, the wisest man.
Drew up
To
A
raise
this
architectural plan,
a temple,
Lord, to thee,
raasterwork of Masonry.
King Solomon did then
desire
The
aid of
And
Artist Hiram, these agree.
Hiram, King of Tyre,
Grand Masters of Free Masonry.
3
thee,
29
The Craft at Work.
26
Apprenticed workmen, thousands
Brought
And
in
the
wood and
And
skillful
To build
And
Who
stone and gold,
Fellow-crafts, with great
Labored from early morn
Masters,
all
House,
O
this
delight,
night,
till
agree
God, to Thee!
thus obey the Master's
loves
told,
His promise to
will,
fulfill.
;
;
The Temple.
who
27
Then God
himself,
Caused
the storms to pass away,
all
rules the day,
high the dome in grandeur rose.
Till
Above the
hills
where Kodron
flows.
Stone after stone was laid with care,
No
sound of
rent the
to its place with
Each
Made
Till
hammer
this
work of
a
from the
skill
in
divine,
art sublime
hill-tops, far
The Temple-tower,
air,
away.
grand array.
Called forth the praise and admiration
Of every tongue, of every nation;
For ten score thousand laboring men
Were working on the Temple then
Its
glory spread through earth abroad.
Because
its
architect
was God.
The Temple.
28
I
*
LJLial
Here wisdom, strength and beauty shone,
In the bright Parian marble stone,
While net and
Like golden
lily
tints
work adorn
the early morn.
Here fourteen hundred columns
stand.
Gilded and beautified and grand,
And
shouts of glory rend the
As thousands bow
in
air,
humble prayer.
;
;
The Temple.
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Now
at its
checkered pavement stay,
This mighty structure to survey
we
here descry—
Its
massive gates
Its
beauty and
Its
seamless walls so purely white,
Its
strong defence,
its
majesty
its
lofty height,
Five hundred feet by plumb and square
This marble wall
Then
towering there.
is
and sanctuary.
see its porch
and
Its
courts
Its
splendor and
No
genius could more art
all
its
its
outer glory.
grand array.
display.
29
Tub OllMAMKNTAL CoLrMVS.
30
See two embellislied columns
On
either
side,
rise,
they greet our eyes;
All bright like burnished gold
In strength established by
Of Deity,
to
they stand,
command
represent
His strength and His establishment.
;
Israel's Hope.
Here Jews remember,
as
31
they paus,
Their journey through the wilderness,
The cloudy
pillar
The flame of
fire
their
delight,
that shone at night;
These mystic Pillars long will stand,
Memorials by Divine command.
^J*
^
'J*
Thus ancient
?{>
^
5|>
^
^
gathered round
Israel
This hallowed, consecrated ground
With
zeal
and longing hopes they
stay.
In waiting for that promised day.
When Shiloh King
And make
'P
this
'I*
"T*
of Kings shall come,
citadel
^
His home.
'P
Jj!
'I^
This was the pride of every Jew,
The Canaan land they had
in
While hopes
as
Toward
earthly paradise.
this
view.
high as heaven rise
;
The Glory
32
—
op the Temple.
This temple reared so grand so high,
Must
all
the blasts of time defy;
T'was built by God's express command,
And must
the storms of war withstand.
T'will last forever,
said
the Jew,
T'was built for us and not
The day of
"When
all
Nor was
for you.
jubilee is near,
must come and worship here.
it
strange that this should be,
Since t'was foretold in prophecy,
That nations should their treasures bring
To
Zion,
A sum
city of the
so vast,
T'was thirty
all
paid in gold
billion
And ornaments more
Than
e'er
King.
dollars
rich
were known
in
told
and grand
any
land.
The Glory
Nov
did
its
In gold and
But
op the Temple.
glory dwell alone
silver,
in the inner
wood or
chamber
Shekinah made the temple
And
stone,
bright,
light;
God, the Architect, did claim,
Grand honors to
his
wondrous name.
33
The Temple Unfinished.
34
jyiiMitf^
T'was thus to be a house of prayer,
For every
But was
nation,
this
To represent
everywhere.
temple built alone
a house of stone?
Did not the mind of
With something
Was
A
not this
G-od
inspire,
nobler, something higher?
work of
art to be
prototype of Masonry ?
—
;
;
The Finished Temple.
T'was done, the copo-stone now was
The
labors
cease,
finished
Nor can
The
How
And
this
workmen
great craft could separate.
travel far
in
see,
of Free Masonry,
in
any State
Eeceive a Master's wages there.
Or
together,
craft
temple can dissever
the outside
beauties
distress,
laid,
the craft were paid
But bonds that bound the
No
35
a brother's care.
;
The Esoteric Brotherhood.
36
Then
hail
plumb and
the craft with
With square and compass,
With
level,
rule and gavel;
esoteric trowel too,
With holy
writings, just and true.
Those emblematic
More precious
pillars
far than
hold
pearls
or gold.
The Lamb-skin emblem, white and
The badge
pure,
of our investiture
More ancient than the golden
fleece,
Eagle of Eome, or star of Greece,
Or any other royal name,
Of honor, dignity
or fame,
Conferred by king or potentate,
In any realm, in any State,
;
John the Baptist and Evangelist.
Draw round
And
Let
these parallels of
circumscribe
false
all
ambition
wratli
bow
To those who work and
life,
and
strife
the knee
best agree.
Then from refreshments hear the
The Orient Master needs us
To build our
A
call,
all,
glorious temple dome,
heavenly lodge, a better home,
37
Man
38
God's Image.
The question comes
What
to
you and me,
should a Master Mason be?
Who
takes the Bible for his guide,
Who
holds the plumb-line
by
his
side?
Whose deeds
of love and worth should
As bright
as
heaven's broad canopy?
Who
tries
his
Who
offers
life
by
virtue's
square.
up to God his prayer?
Should not his
life
a pattern be,
Of Esoteric Masonry?
In archives of the
human
breast,
There's the bright image of the blest;
man with
God dwells
in
Keeps
dear temple in his sight.
this
Adorns
And
fits
it
it
glorious light,
by the Master's hand,
for the
better land.
be
—
;
Masonic Work.
39
"*-=i;^i:!iX^-
Then answer brother
O
the
to
hear the mystic gavel
Be clothed
]^o
—the
fall
work must
to
go,
work more grand on earth below.
^
^
^
Prepare the
In Joppa
let
let
^
floats
the
Take the rough
And
craft
call,
^
^
^
from Lebanon
work be done
ashler,
the Master's
have
it
raise'),
work be praised
;
;
Esoteric Laddek.
40
Number
the finished marble stone,
Inscribe your mystic
mark when
done,
And
then the outside world can see
The
beauties of Pree Masonry.
O,
mystic brotherhood,
Thy
By
arise,
ladder stretches to the skies
its
mysterious rounds
Our Faith and Hope and
we
see
Charity.
;
Masonky Universal.
Here
esoteric beauties
41
tower,
Faith looks beyond the dying hour.
Hope, like an anchor to the
soul.
our fears and foes control
Will
all
And
Charity, that heavenly
guest.
Will soothe the weaiy heart to rest.
And
A
spread
its
peaceful mantle, "where
suffering brother needs
Then
our care.
the globe, from shore to shore,
o'er
Where mountains
rise
or oceans roar,
A
Master Mason there
A
present help, a kindred mind.
Thus
let
Bach
fault
And by
may
find,
each brother try to
o'ercome, each
live.
wrong
the angle of the square.
Honor the
Craft,
no labor spare
To be an upright Master Mason,
In ever place, in every station.
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forgive,
;
:
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Jordan's Fobd.
Our Great Grand Master soon
And
try our
O may we
will
come,
work with square and plumb
shout the Shibboleth,
While passing through the stream of death.
And
lay our working tools aside,
Beyond the
chilly Jordan's tide
Our work complete, our Lord
Ye craftsmen
Then
hail!
From East
say,
to your better home.
our bright celestial home.
to
"West the Craft have
Grand Master take the diadem
And
raise
come
the I^ew Jertisalem.
come.
Masonic Temple Celestial
Then, like the antitype of
old,
In numbered stones and pearls and gold.
This mighty temple will arise
In glory, towering to the skies.
Without the sound of metal
As by the Orient Master's
Its
beauteous symmetry
The highest
style
tool.
rule;
reflect.
of architect.
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;
Celestial Temple.
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Its
;
Doric,
Ionic
its
Corinthian base,
and Composite grace
Or Tuscan glory
o'er
gates,
its
Inlaid with burnished golden plates.
Here
see the twelve foundations
In precious stones
all
The Jasper
a
walls,
marked and weighed;
solid
The gold transparent
laid,
like
mass,
glass
to
The Sapphire and the Chaleedon,
The Emerald, the Sardonyx
The Amethyst, the
stone,
Chrysolite,
All sparkling pearls,
all
shining bright
"Whose gates shall ne'er be shut by day,
For
foes
fears
have passed away
celestial
Craft will meet.
and
There God's
To worship near the Master's
feet.
—
No more
]Sro
the funeral dirge to hear,
broken column
For Judah's
And
scatters
lion
will
night and
There Esoteric glories
Hail!
hail!!
apj)ear,
gains the day,
death away.
rise
GEAND MASTER
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of the
skies.
—
;
Masonic Dirge.
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Craftsmen hear the chime of death,
Life is but a fleeting breath;
Let the mystic Cassia wave,
O'er our fallen brother's grave.
Grolden links in life's bright chain.
Broken by the Conqueror's reign
death thy solemn
Death!
Brings a terror over all.
Here thy
toils
of
life
are
call.
o'er
Brother thou hast gone before.
To the spirit world above.
To thy God the God of Love.
—
Master! can thy promise fail?
Judah's lion must prevail;
Strong his mighty power to save,
From the terrors of the grave.
Closing
— "The
Tune
Odi
Gipsy Flower Girl."
We
vo loved ones in the mystic tie,
Tliey are our friends and brothers:
For us they keep a watchful eye,
And we
them and
for
The tenderest
links of
others.
human
care,
them and others;
Then let us offer up our prayer
For oflScers and brothers.
Bind us
to
We
bid you now a kind farewell,
Perhaps to see you never;
But in our hearts your memories dwell
Forever yes, forever.
Then fare ye well ye loved ones all.
May heavenly grace attend you.
—
To wait the Orient Master's
And may
his
love
call.
defend you.
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Closing Ode.
And when our work
And we have filled
on earth is o'er,
our station,
and oceans roar.
Though tempests rise
With sweeping desolation.
Our home is bright beyond the tide,
Where partings grieve us never.
Nor party names nor creeds divide,
Our harmony forever.