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I^EV. L, fs.. Alford, 


Being a Miniature Sketch of Esoteric and Bxotene Masonry. 





186 8. 

Entered according to Act of Congress, In the yeai 18ii7, by 


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 



Craft Universal, 

by the author. 


The Author of the " Masonic Gbm " begs leave to express his 
gratitude to the following Ledges and Brethren for their kind 
notices 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 
Craft; and 

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 con- 
tribute 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 circu- 
lation and sale of the same when published. 

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 

D. W. TOMLINSON, Sec'y. 


6 Eecommendations. 

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 dedi- 
cated 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. 

(Signed,) W. H. NEWMAN. 


I certify, that the above is a true copy of report and resolution , 

EKED. E. BOLTZ, Sec'y. 

Galveston Lodge, No. 244, 

The Masonic Gem, written by Brother Alfokd, is truly a lite- 
rary 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 
its Author to the gratitude of the Craft universal. 

H. FEtTSH, S. W. 
M. B. KNOWLTON, Sec'y 

New Haven. 
It will be invaluable as a Masonic Gift Book. 


Eecommetmdations. 7 

La Gkange, 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. 



It is 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. 


P. Q. M. of Indiana. 

SiBOCK Chaptkk, Beonson, Mich. 

The production 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 feel- 
ing its enlivening and thrilling influence. It is emphatically a 
cluster of gems. 

Ret. p. 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. 


G. M. of Ind. 

8 Eecommendations. 

CiNCiNiTATi, Ohio. 

It merits my hearty approval and I believe its publication con- 
ducive to the good of the Craft universal. 


Masonic Publisher. 

FoKT "Watnb, Ind. 
To the above I most conscientiously give my support. 

S. K. Ft. Wayne Commandery Chapter No. 20. 

Pkkit, Ind. 
I have never heard a Gem so completely Masonic. 

W. M. of Miami Lodge No. 67. 

^ Pbetj, Ind. 

I consider it a rare Gem of Masonry — ^no Mason should be with- 
out it 

J. 0. CLAEK, 
P. W. M. Miami Lodge. 


Thou fairest flower of aroma divine. 
In social value, man with man combine; 
Breathe in his life, pervade his inmost soul — 
His powers enlighten, and- his wrath control; 
Sway thy grand Sceptre, as his soul shall ris€^ 
Till, like the hosts that fill the azure shies, 
He lives for man — to help, to save, to 
Th' afflicted widow, and the fatherless. 

Let knowledge spread her world-wide wings abroad, 

Unfold in Art the wondrous works of God, 

10 VaDE MECtJM. 

Till truth and life and science shall adorn, 
The world of matter, like the tints of mom. 
Then deign, Mighty God, thy child t' inspire, 
To raise the soul, to elevate desire, 
O'er each bright line let wisdom's power preside, 
The thought enlarge, the pen and pencil guide — 
Adorn this Poem, written in Thy name. 
For thine is Genius — Thine alone is Fame. 


ASONRY, or more properly speaking, Pree Ma- 
^^ sonry, unlike OhriBtian organizations, takes to 
its mystic altar the rough Ashler — the rough stone out 
of the quarry — and by its esoteric working tools, fits it 
for the more noble and glorious design of the Great 
Master Builder. 

It is really a wonder, even to its adversaries, that 
it 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. And yet its 
moral teachings pervade all, and every department of 
human society. 

In Monarchies, in Eepublics, in States, in Legisla- 
tures, in Institutions of Learning, Colleges, Semina- 

12 Introductory. 

ries, Churches — in all orders of society, Masonry has 
its foot-hold — its altar, and its esoteric school. 

Pears have been entertained, and the tocsin of 
alarm sounded, to warn the outside world of its en- 
croachments and its dangerous mysteries. Still, like 
the Celestial Grand Master of the Order, its reign is 
pacific, and pre-eminently conducive to the progress 
of science, morality and virtue 

Did Masonry, like religious organizations, receive 
to its altar only the professedly good, the pure, the 
spiritual, its great design would be entirely ignored, 
and its prototype and esoteric working tools, power- 
less and unmeaning. It is a building school — a school 
of moral architecture. Speculative it may be called, 
but not given to speculation, in the common accepta- 
tion of the term, but really speculative, that is, given 
to meditation on the subject of individual and moral 

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 

Introductory. 13 

Temple which was to be a prototype of that House 
not made with hands — eternal in the heavens. 

That Deity should leave no trace of so stupendous 
a work in the esoteric school of our architectural 
natures as the Temple, when He had designed to 
destroy, and totally efface its exoteric glory and 
beauty, would almost seem inconsistent with His 
revelations to man. 

In some manner, this Temple had a grand design 
to accomplish. We believe Masonry inheres in the 
industry that achieved this great work of art — in 
its Divine relationship to moral rectitude — to subor- 
dination — ^to arts — ^to sciences — and in the far off 
cycles of the future, to form a part in the grand 
accomplishment of peace, harmony and brotherly love 
throughout the globe. 

Our highest aim and object in offering this Masonic 
Gem to the Craft is, to hasten that time — to con- 
tribute to that end — to honor our Celestial Grand 

Fraternal Gi\eeting. 

TuNK — Bonnie Doon. 

We greet you, brothers, tried and true, 

And Masters all, and Wardens too ; 

Tour cordial welcome, heart and hand. 

Makes us a joyful, happy band. 

With cheerful hearts we join with you, 

Then hear our aong of friendship true; 

'Tis joy to meet when hearts agree. 

And join in songs of harmony. 

16 Fraternal G-reetinq. 


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 its claim. 

Above a mere ephemeral name, 

Where links of love fraternal last, 

'Till all the storms of life are past. 

Prom where Atlantic's billows roar, 
To California's golden shore ; 
On mountain top, in valley green, 
The Mystic Brotherhood are seen. 
While million voices joined in one, 
Tell what the working craft have done, 
To soothe the sufferer, ease his pain, 
Or bear him to his friends again. 





LL HAIL I Masonic mystery, 

f^Sublime in Sacred history, 

First in the heart to wisdoni given, 

Then broad, and bright, and high as heaven, 

Profound in esoteric skill, 

God's wondrous purpose to fulfill ; 

18 Esoteric Masonry. 

To bind in one fraternal glow, 
The world-wide brotherhood below. 

No sounding titles mark thy way, 

Ko revolutions, no decay; 

No dialect, no Christian creed, 

No politics, no warrior's meed, 

No wealth or fortune, birth or fame, 

Have made for thee thy wondrous name. 

Masonic brotherhood, to thee 
God gave the charm — the mystery, 
The symbols of the ancient art, 
The moulding of the human heart, 
The wondrous canopy to trace. 
The moral culture of our race ; 

Masonic Mission. 19 

Our passions to subdue with care, 
To worship God in 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, tell us, pray? 
"What marks the progress of thy way ? 


Masonic Mission. 

Thou silent tongue, thou listening ear, 
Thou anchor hope, thou blazing star. 
Thou triple lights, that always shine, 
Thou Holy writings, all divine. 
Thou altar where we how the knee. 
As worshipers of Deity. 

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 ? 

'Tis hoped, through thy hroad reign of peace, 

That wars throughout the world will cease. 

That love and joy, from shore to shore, 

Will rid this earth of human gore, 

And make all nations love each other. 

As Masons love a worthy brother. 

That Jews and Gentiles will unite 

To worship God with pure delight, 

And spread o'er earth His knowledge far, 

By that mysterious blazing star. 

22 Masonic Mission. 

And Christian Churches too combine, 
With Masons in this work divine, 
To huild on Zion's glorious height, 
That city of supreme delight, 
Whose master builder is the Lord, 
Grand Architect ! by all adored. 
Such hopes in faithful hearts are stored, 
And drawn upon thy trestle board. 

Science of Masoney. 


Here exoteric knowledge grows, 
Hence arts and sciences arose, 
Eeeeived their impulse first from thee, 
Sublime and wondrous Masonry. 
Here Euclid, father of the art 
Of mathematics, took a part. 
First learned of Plato to be wise. 
Then solved the wonders of the skies. 


Science op MAsoNur. 

Pythagoras, too, we here are told, 

A hidden problem did unfold; 

In honor to the art made known. 

He sacrificed a hecatomb. 

Geometrician, scholar, friend, 

Thy name, thy fame will never end. 

Till tides and seasons cease to roll, 

While mystic peans fill the soul. 

The Design and Designers. 29 

The great and good have honored thee, 
The patron saints of history, 
Prom age to age thy name has given 
A boon to man — a hope of heaven. 

The greatest King, the wisest man. 
Drew up this architectural plan, 
To raise a temple, Lord, to thee, 
A raasterwork of Masonry. 

King Solomon did then desire 

The aid of Hiram, King of Tyre, 

And Artist Hiram, these agree. 

Grand Masters of Free Masonry. 


The Craft at Work. 

Apprenticed workmen, thousands told, 
Brought in the wood and stone and gold, 
And Fellow-crafts, with great delight, 
Labored from early morn till night, 
And skillful Masters, all agree 
To build this House, O God, to Thee! 
And thus obey the Master's will, 
Who loves His promise to fulfill. 

The Temple. 27 

Then God himself, who rules the day, 
Caused all the storms to pass away, 
Till high the dome in grandeur rose. 
Above the hills where Kodron flows. 
Stone after stone was laid with care, 
No sound of hammer rent the air, 
Each to its place with skill divine, 
Made this a work of art sublime ; 
Till from the hill-tops, far away. 
The Temple-tower, in 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. 


* ■ 


Here wisdom, strength and beauty shone, 
In the bright Parian marble stone, 
While net and lily work adorn 
Like golden tints the early morn. 
Here fourteen hundred columns stand. 
Gilded and beautified and grand, 
And shouts of glory rend the air, 
As thousands bow in humble prayer. 

The Temple. 




Now at its checkered pavement stay, 
This mighty structure to survey ; 
Its massive gates we here descry— 
Its beauty and its majesty ; 
Its seamless walls so purely white, 
Its strong defence, its lofty height, 
Five hundred feet by plumb and square 
This marble wall is towering there. 
Then see its porch and sanctuary. 
Its courts and all its outer glory. 
Its splendor and its grand array. 
No genius could more art display. 



See two embellislied columns rise, 

On either side, they greet our eyes; 

All bright like burnished gold they stand, 

In strength established by command 

Of Deity, to represent 

His strength and His establishment. 

Israel's Hope. 31 

Here Jews remember, as they paus, 
Their journey through the wilderness, 
The cloudy pillar their delight, 
The flame of fire that shone at night; 
These mystic Pillars long will stand, 
Memorials by Divine command. 

^J* 'J* ^ ?{> 5|> ^ ^ ^ 

Thus ancient Israel gathered round 
This hallowed, consecrated ground ; 
With zeal and longing hopes they stay. 
In waiting for that promised day. 
When Shiloh King of Kings shall come, 
And make this citadel His home. 

'P 'I* "T* ^ 'P 'I^ Jj! 

This was the pride of every Jew, 
The Canaan land they had in view. 
While hopes as high as heaven rise 
Toward this earthly paradise. 

32 The Glory 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 for you. 
The day of jubilee is near, 
"When all must come and worship here. 
Nor was it strange that this should be, 
Since t'was foretold in prophecy, 
That nations should their treasures bring 
To Zion, city of the King. 

A sum so vast, all paid in gold — 
T'was thirty billion dollars told ; 
And ornaments more rich and grand 
Than e'er were known in any land. 

The Glory op the Temple. 33 

Nov did its glory dwell alone 
In gold and silver, wood or stone, 
But in the inner chamber bright, 
Shekinah made the temple light; 
And God, the Architect, did claim, 
Grand honors to his wondrous name. 


The Temple Unfinished. 


T'was thus to be a house of prayer, 

For every nation, everywhere. 

But was this temple built alone 

To represent a house of stone? 

Did not the mind of G-od inspire, 

With something nobler, something higher? 

Was not this work of art to be 

A prototype of Masonry ? ■ 

The Finished Temple. 


T'was done, the copo-stone now was laid, 
The labors cease, the craft were paid ; 
But bonds that bound the craft together, 
No finished temple can dissever ; 
Nor can the outside workmen see, 
The beauties of Free Masonry, 
How this great craft could separate. 
And travel far in any State — 
Eeceive a Master's wages there. 
Or in distress, a brother's care. 


The Esoteric Brotherhood. 

Then hail the craft with plumb and level, 

With square and compass, rule and gavel; 

With esoteric trowel too, 

With holy writings, just and true. 

Those emblematic pillars hold 

More precious far than pearls or gold. 

The Lamb-skin emblem, white and pure, 

The badge 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 these parallels of life, 
And circumscribe all wratli and strife ; 
Let false ambition bow the knee 
To those who work and best agree. 

Then from refreshments hear the call, 
The Orient Master needs us all, 
To build our glorious temple dome, 
A heavenly lodge, a better home, 

38 Man God's Image. 

The question comes to you and me, 
What 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 be 
As bright as heaven's broad canopy? 
Who tries his life by virtue's square. 
Who offers 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; 
God dwells in man with glorious light, 
Keeps this dear temple in his sight. 
Adorns it by the Master's hand, 
And fits it for the better land. 

Masonic Work. 



Then answer brother to the call, 
O hear the mystic gavel fall ; 
Be clothed — the craft to work must go, 
]^o work more grand on earth below. 
^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ 

Prepare the floats from Lebanon — 
In Joppa let the work be done 
Take the rough ashler, have it raise'), 
And let the Master's work be praised ; 


Esoteric Laddek. 

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, arise, 
Thy ladder stretches to the skies ; 
By its mysterious rounds we see 
Our Faith and Hope and Charity. 

Masonky Universal. 41 

Here esoteric beauties tower, 

Faith looks beyond the dying hour. 

Hope, like an anchor to the soul. 

Will all our fears and foes control ; 

And Charity, that heavenly guest. 

Will soothe the weaiy heart to rest. 

And spread its peaceful mantle, "where 

A suffering brother needs our care. 

Then o'er the globe, from shore to shore, 

Where mountains rise or oceans roar, 

A Master Mason there may find, 

A present help, a kindred mind. 

Thus let each brother try to live. 

Bach fault o'ercome, each wrong forgive, 

And by the angle of the square. 

Honor the Craft, no labor spare 

To be an upright Master Mason, 

In ever place, in every station. 

42 Jordan's Fobd. 

Our Great Grand Master soon will come, 

And try our work with square and plumb ; 

O may we 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 say, come 

Ye craftsmen to your better home. 

Then hail! our bright celestial home. 
From East to "West the Craft have come. 
Grand Master take the diadem 
And raise the I^ew Jertisalem. 

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 tool. 

As by the Orient Master's rule; 

Its beauteous symmetry reflect. 

The highest style of architect. 

44 Celestial Temple. 

Its Doric, its Corinthian base, 
Ionic and Composite grace ; 
Or Tuscan glory o'er its gates, 
Inlaid with burnished golden plates. 

Here see the twelve foundations laid, 

In precious stones all marked and weighed; 

The Jasper walls, a solid mass, 

The gold transparent like to glass ; 

The Sapphire and the Chaleedon, 

The Emerald, the Sardonyx stone, 

The Amethyst, the Chrysolite, 

All sparkling pearls, all shining bright 

"Whose gates shall ne'er be shut by day, 

For foes and fears have passed away 

There God's celestial Craft will meet. 

To worship near the Master's feet. 

No more the funeral dirge to hear, 
]Sro broken column will apj)ear, 
For Judah's lion gains the day, 
And scatters night and death away. 
There Esoteric glories rise — 

Hail! hail!! GEAND MASTER of the skies. 


Masonic Dirge. 

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! death thy solemn call. 
Brings a terror over all. 

Here thy toils of life are 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 Odi 

Tune — "The 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 for them and others. 
The tenderest links of human care, 

Bind us to them and others; 
Then let us offer up our prayer 

For oflScers and brothers. 

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 call. 

And may his love defend you. 


48 Closing Ode. 

And when our work on earth is o'er, 

And we have filled our station, 
Though tempests rise and oceans roar. 

With sweeping desolation. 
Our home is bright beyond the tide, 

Where partings grieve us never. 
Nor party names nor creeds divide, 

Our harmony forever.