The Masonic Poetry of Dr Rob Morris

One of Rob Morris's most celebrated poems, "A Mason's Ties and Vows," is not included in this book because as it stands in its most famous form, it is actually a compilation of three different poets' work.

The Masonic Poetry of Dr  Rob Morris

Dr. Rob Morris remains a celebrated Freemason and is known for having been Grand Master of Kentucky in 1858-1859, as well as for having founded the Order of the Eastern Star. A prolific writer and poet, he preferred to go by Rob instead of Robert to distinguish himself from another poet named Robert Morris. Morris was crowned Poet Laureate of Freemasonry in 1884 by the Grand Lodge of New York. He was the second to receive such an honor. In fact, the title had not been given since Robert Burns received it in 1767 in Cannongate Killwinning Lodge No. 2 in Edinburgh, Scotland. This accomplishment by itself is worth noting. His work was indeed great; Morris wrote more than 400 poems about Masonry and the Eastern Star during his life. Morris and his wife had the idea of starting an organization for the wives and other female relatives of Freemasons. He founded the Order of the Eastern Star and start chartering chapters in 1850. Morris wrote first Eastern Star ritual, titled "The Rosary of the Eastern Star," in the 1850s. In the late 1860s, Morris passed the Rosary on to Robert Macoy, who flushed it out more fully and organized and mad it more systematic to ensure adoption by the individual chapters. One of Rob Morris's most celebrated poems, "A Mason's Ties and Vows," is not included in this book because as it stands in its most famous form, it is actually a compilation of three different poets' work. Rob Morris wrote the base of the poem, which includes the famous line, "On Yonder Book that oath I took and will I break it? Never! / But stand by this, and this, and this, for ever and for ever." However, around 1890, Samuel Murrow, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Indian Territory (later to become the Grand Lodge of Oklahoma) added that line to his own poem. In 1942, Benjamin L. Hadley added extra verses onto Murrow's poem, thus rendering it again further from Morris's original, yet still retaining the central meaning.

Tales Poems and Masonic Papers

THE GREAT AMERICAN MASONIC POEM . Price 2d . , or sent post free to any part of Great Britain or Ireland on receipt of five halfpenny postage stamps , KING SOLOMON'S TEMPLE , A MASONIC POEM , BY BRO . AUGUSTINE J. H. DUGANNE , OF NEW ...

Tales  Poems and Masonic Papers


Catalogue of the Masonic Library Masonic Medals Washingtoniana Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company s Sermons Regimental Histories and Other Literature Relating to the Late Civil War

Memorial of the Pleasant Symposium of Freemasons at the Tremont House , Chicago , New Year's Eve , 1862–3 . Wm . Morgan ; What the Freemasons say . New York , 1883 . The Poetry of Freemasonry . Chicago , 1884 .

Catalogue of the Masonic Library  Masonic Medals  Washingtoniana  Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company s Sermons  Regimental Histories  and Other Literature Relating to the Late Civil War


The Freemason s Repository

In 1885 he was crowned “ Poet - Laureate of Freemasonry , ” in the Grand Lodge Room of the Masonic Hall ... with his Lights and Shadows of Freemasonry , " published at Louisville in 1852 , and ending with his " The Poetry of Freemasonry ...

The Freemason s Repository


Encyclopedia Of Freemasonry

POETRY, MASONIC Where Masonic poetry can be found, and what Masonic poetry is, are questions answerable onlyWafter the phrase is defined. If by Masonic poetry is meant verse written by a Mason about a symbol or about the Lodge or the ...

Encyclopedia Of Freemasonry

Dr. Albert G. Mackey, also the author of The Lexicon of Freemasonry appears as author of this " Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and its Kindred Sciences," which, being a library in inself, superseded most of the Masonic works which have been tolerated by the craft—chiefly because none better could be obtained. Here, in one giant volume is a work which fulfils the hope which sustained the author through ten years' literary labor, that, under one cover he "would furnish every Mason who might consult its pages the means of acquiring a knowledge of all matters connected with the science, the philosophy, and the history of his order." For more than thirty years Dr. Mackey has devoted earnest and constant study and research to the history, the objects, and the condition of Masonry. In the present work, the crowning and successful result of a life's labors, he has received no assistance from any one. He says, " Every article was written by myself," and he adds, which would extenuate errors, had he fallen into any, "For twelve months, too, of the time occupied upon this work, I suffered from an affection of the sight, which forbade all use of the eyes for purposes of study. During that time, now happily passed, all authorities were consulted by the willing eyes of my daughters—all writing was done by their hands. I realized for a time the picture so often painted of the blind bard dictating his sublime verses to his daughters," and his preface closes with the words, "Were I to dedicate this work at all, my dedication should be—To Filial Affection." Up to the present time the modern literature of Freemasonry has been diffuse, lumbering, unreliable, and, out of all reasonable proportions.

The Masonic Review

OLIVER'S HISTORICAL LANDMARKS OF FREEMASONRY . - The first volume of this work is now ... Fides ” will have to " try again , " Poetry is like gold , un- less it is pure it should never be circulated . The sentiment of " Fides " is good ...

The Masonic Review


The Poetry of Freemasonry

This Is A New Release Of The Original 1895 Edition.

The Poetry of Freemasonry

This Is A New Release Of The Original 1895 Edition.

A Place in the Lodge

17, 1884, Rob Morris was crowned the poet laureate of Freemasonry at the grand lodge room of the Masonic Temple in New York. Morris succeeded the 18th century poet laureate, Robert Burns, who took the honor in 1787 as the first poet ...

A Place in the Lodge

If you have an interest in Freemasonry, you may have heard of Rob Morris or have seen his name on various documents, books, poems, and songs from the mid- 1800s but don’t know much about him. A Place in the Lodge sets forth new facts about his early life and relationships and presents a slice of his life via previously unpublished family letters, sent while he was on the road. It was a time of yellow fever, Civil War, and manual farmwork, and the detail in the letters and the old photographs here make the era almost tangible. Visit this not-so-distant past and see how Morris helped Masonry evolve from its origins to take part in the United States’ women’s movement and become one of the world’s largest fraternal organizations. As he worked to standardize Freemasonry and establish the Order of the Eastern Star, his efforts were not without controversy.

The Freemason s Chronicle

But expended their genius . our Masonic friend's bodies are very cumbersome and angular . Then , the logic in the second verse is on a par with the poetry of the whole song . We are told :If the Master cries “ Order !

The Freemason s Chronicle


The Freemasons Quarterly Magazine and Review

We especially recommend to the study of Masons the second Lecture , " On the Poetry and Philosophy of Freemasonry , " in which the author expatiates on the prejudices current in the pro- fane world on the character and tendencies of the ...

The Freemasons  Quarterly Magazine and Review


Masonic Voice Review

To be a poet , he must not only see beneath the surface of things , but he must feel as deeply as he sees ; he must not ... It is for want of being thus deeply versed in the poetry of Freemasonry , that so many , even of the fraternity ...

Masonic Voice Review


The Poetry of Erasmus Darwin

Lodge Number 36, as a Freemason.54 Though noted by several Masonic sources, this youthful initiation is barely mentioned in academic studies of Darwin, the one exception I have found being a brief note in Desmond King-Hele's most recent ...

The Poetry of Erasmus Darwin

While historians of science have focused significant attention on Erasmus Darwin’s scientific ideas and milieu, relatively little attention has been paid to Darwin as a literary writer. In The Poetry of Erasmus Darwin: Enlightened Spaces, Romantic Times, Martin Priestman situates Darwin’s three major poems - The Loves of the Plants (1789), The Economy of Vegetation (1791) and The Temple of Nature (1803) - and Darwin himself within a large, polymathic late-Enlightenment network of other scientists, writers, thinkers and social movers and shakers. Interpreting Darwin’s poetry in terms of Darwin’s broader sense of the poetic text as a material space, he posits a significant shift from the Enlightenment’s emphases on conceptual spaces to the Romantic period’s emphases on historical time. He shows how Darwin’s poetry illuminates his stance toward all the major physical sciences and his well-formulated theories of evolution and materially based psychology. Priestman’s study also offers the first substantial accounts of Darwin’s mythological theories and their links to Enlightenment Rosicrucianism and Freemansonry, and of the reading of history that emerges from the fragment-poem The Progress of Society, a first-ever printed edition of which is included in an appendix. Ultimately, Priestman’s book offers readers a sustained account of Darwin’s polymathic Enlightenment worldview and cognate poetics in a period when texts are too often judged by their adherence to a retrospectively constructed ’Romanticism’.

Freemasons Quarterly Magazine

The POETRY in this number we presume to be from the same pen as before - about the average quality ; the first , or as it is called the “ Masons ' Festival Song , " is a superior composition . Among the " Intelligence " is the ...

Freemasons  Quarterly Magazine


The New England Freemason

Dr. Oliver , in “ The Symbol of Glory , ” thus amusingly banters the uninitiated : " It is for want of being thus deeply versed in the poetry of Freemasonry , that so many , even of the Fraternity themselves , differ in their estimate ...

The New England Freemason


Speculative Freemasonry and the Enlightenment

166 In addition to Pope, other poets, who were quite obscure, were affiliated with Modern Masonry. Like many Masons, these poets exhibited interest in the classics and rendered English translations of Greek and Roman poetry.

Speculative Freemasonry and the Enlightenment

Freemasonry began with stonemasons in the Middle Ages experiencing the decline of cathedral building. Some guilds invited honorary memberships to boost their numbers. These usually highly educated new members practiced symbolic or "speculative Freemasonry." The new Masonic lodges and learned societies offered their growing numbers of Protestant, Catholic and Jewish members an understanding of deism, Newtonian science and representative government, and of literature and the fine arts. This work describes how Masons on both sides of the Atlantic were mostly either enlighteners, political reformers or moderate revolutionaries. They offered minimal support to radical revolutionary ideas and leaders.

Masonic Voice and Review

London Freemason . THE POETRY OF FREEMASONRY.- Bro . T. B. Whytehead . - It cannot be denied that amongst the numbers enrolled from time to time beneath its ban . ners Freemasonry can claim poets , poetasters , rhymesters , and ...

Masonic Voice and Review


The symbol of glory shewing the object and end of freemasonry

CONTENTS , PAGE VALEDICTORY ADDRESS TO THE SUBSCRIBERS BY NAME , .. i 1 29 LECTURE I. On the present state of the Masonic Science , LECTURE II . On the Poetry and Philosophy of Masonry ,. LECTURE III . A few observations on the Lodge ...

The symbol of glory  shewing the object and end of freemasonry


American Freemasons

The Poetry of Freemasonry. Chicago: Knight and Leonard, [printers], 1884. Morris, S. Brent. A Radical in the East. Ames: Iowa Research Lodge No. 2, Siegler Printing and Publishing, I994. Muraskin, William. Middle-Class Blacks in a White ...

American Freemasons

The history of masonry in america through gorgeous illustrations and rich prose.