A very sad week for us, Anthem No. 1

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by VirginiaPM, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. VirginiaPM

    VirginiaPM Registered User

    I have lost brothers in two days. When I was a child and attended my grandfathers masonic funeral service, a brother in the lodge conducting the service recited this poem which I found again a few months ago. It was written by Albert Pike to commemerate brothers lost in the Civil War. It seems fitting at this time.

    Anthem No. 1

    Among the dead our Brothers sleep,
    Their lives were rounded true and well;
    And Love in bitter sorrow weeps
    Above their dark and silent cell.

    No pain, no anxious sleepless Fear
    Invades their house; no mortal woes
    Their narrow resting-place come near,
    To trouble their serene repose.

    Their names are graven on the stones
    That friendship's tears will often wet;
    But each true Brother's heart upon
    That name is stamped more deeply yet.

    As Hiram slept, the widow's son,
    So do our Brothers take their rest;
    Life's battle fought, Life's duties done,
    Their faults forgot, their worth confessed.

    So let them sleep that dreamless sleep,
    Our sorrows clustering round each head;
    Be comforted, ye loved, who weep!
    They live with God; they are not dead.
  2. owls84

    owls84 Moderator Premium Member

    That is a wonderful poem. Thank you for the post.
  3. Jon D. Smith

    Jon D. Smith Registered User

    A very moving poem indeed. I have not progressed in my readings very far towards Albert Pike's works. What little I have caught here and there, are very deep and moving.

    Our prayer's go out to you and yours this night.
  4. nick1368

    nick1368 Registered User

    thank you for sharing...thoughts and prayers with you.

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