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How simple and beautiful it is, revealing the oldest wisdom man has learned and the very genius
of our Craft. In fact and truth, the Square Rules the Mason as well as the Lodge in which he labors.
As soon as he enters a Lodge, the candidate walks the square steps around the Square pavement
of a rectangular Lodge. All during the ceremony his attitude keeps him in mind of the same symbol,
as if to fashion his life after its form. When he is brought to light, he beholds the Square upon the
Altar, and at the same time sees that it is worn by the Master of the Lodge, as the emblem of his
office. In the North-East Corner he is shown the perfect Ashlar, and told that it is the type of a
finished Mason, who must be Square-man in thought and conduct, in word and act. With every art
of emphasis the Ritual writes this lesson in our hearts, and if we forget this first truth the Lost
Word will remain forever lost.

For Masonry is not simply a Ritual; it is a way of living. It offers us a plan. a method, a faith by
which we may build our days and years into a character so strong and true that nothing, not even
death, can destroy it. Each of us has in his own heart a little try-square called Conscience, by which
to test each thought and deed and word, whether it be true or false. By as much as a man honestly
applies that test in his own heart, and in his relations with his fellows, by so much will his life be
happy, stable, and true. Long ago the question was asked and answered: “Lord, who shall abide in
thy Tabernacle? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in
his heart.” It is the first obligation of a Mason to be on the Square, in all his duties and dealings
with his fellow men, and if he fails there he cannot win anywhere. Let one of our poets sum it all

         It matters not whate’er your lot
         Or what your task may be,
         One duty there remains for you
         One duty stands for me.

         Be you a doctor skilled and wise,
         Or do your work for wage,
         A laborer upon the street,
         An artist on the stage;

         Our glory still awaits for you,
         One honor that is fair,
         To have men say as you pass by:
         “That fellow’s on the Square.”

         Ah, here’s a phrase that stands for much
         ‘Tis good old English too,
         It means that men have confidence
         In everything you do.

         It means that what you have you’ve earned,
         And that you’ve done your best,
         And when you go to sleep at night
         Untroubled you may rest.

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