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visiting and freedom - May 08, 2013

 

PRESENTED TO: Superior Lodge A.F. & A.M. No. 672 BY Shuniah Lodge A.F. & A.M. No. 287

Present By: Wor. Bro. James Horbow

 

To the Worshipful Master, Officers and Brethren of Superior Lodge No. 672 with honor.

 

visiting and freedom

 

On behalf of Shuniah lodge No. 287 I wish to thank you for the warm encouraging atmosphere of the Masonic fraternity extended this evening. It is indeed a pleasure for me to say a few words with the presentation of the travelling square that is being presented. I know this friendly atmosphere prevails at all times whenever members from other lodges get together. I only hope that I may maintain the cherished Masonic fraternal feeling that has existed on behalf of Shuniah worshipful masters of previous years. I believe that by choosing this installation of officers evening of Superior Lodge No. 672, it gives an equal opportunity to take time to congratulate and compliment you on the hours of preparation you have taken in planning for this occasion. I am personally very impressed whenever I attend the “get-togethers” of installation of officers at lodges in Algoma District.

 

I would also add, that many other Shuniah members not here tonight have asked me to offer their apologies, regretfully, on their behalf, but hope they will see you soon, if you should come to visit Shuniah Lodge on a visitation evening in the not too distant future.

 

I should like to introduce some of my officers in attendance this evening. They undoubtedly will be watching your installation with heightened interest as their counterparts accept their respective roles.

 

The definition of the word visit is to make a stay or sojourn with, as a guest.

 

It has been rightfully said that we should all sojourn in each place as if we meant to spend the rest of our lives there, never omitting an opportunity of saying a kind word, doing a good deed, or endeavouring to make a friend.

 

I would like to keep this presentation “light” by giving some poetic quotations of several individuals on their thoughts of visiting and freedom. The theme of those remarks reflect the simple fact that “visiting develops brotherhood”, and “brotherhood in turn develops freedom.”

 

The Greek dramatist Aeschylus, a great writer of Greek tragedies, who lived from 525 B.C. to 456 B.C.  Being a deeply religious thinker had this to say:- “pleasantest of all ties, is the tie of host and guest.”

 

George Gordon Byron (22 Jan 1788 – 19 Apr 1824), commonly known as Lord Byron, was an Anglo-Scottish poet and a leading figure in the Romantic Movement. He is regarded as one of the greatest British poets and remains widely read and influential.

 

When a man hath no freedom

“When a man hath no freedom to fight for at home,

Let him combat for that of his neighbours;

Let him think of the glories of Greece and of Rome,

And get knock'd on the head for his labours.

To do good to mankind is the chivalrous plan,


and, is always as nobly requited;

Then battle for freedom wherever you can,

And, if not shot or hang'd, you'll get knighted.“

 

And so I would like to conclude with a poem written by an author unknown, entitled Reflections

If you walk as a friend, you will find a friend, wherever you choose to fare,

If you go with mirth to a far strange land you will find that mirth is there,

For the strangest part of this queer old world is that like will join with like;

And who walks with love for his fellow man, an answering love will strike.

 

If you walk with honor, then honest men will meet you along the way,

But if you are false you will find men false wherever you chance to stray.

For good breeds good and bad breeds bad, we are met by the traits we show,

Love will find a friend at a stranger’s door, where hate will find a foe.

 

For each of us builds the world he knows, which only himself can spoil,

And an hour of hate or an hour of shame can ruin a life of toil,

And though to the utmost ends of the earth your duty may bid you fare,

If you go with truth and a friendly heart, you will find friends waiting there.

 Presented to Superior Lodge No. 672 G.R.C. by Wor. Master James Horbow on May 8, 2013