I sat in lodge with you

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  1. jonesvilletexas

    jonesvilletexas Premium Member

    Wilbur D. Nesbit
    There is a saying filled with cheer,
    Which calls a man to fellowship.
    It means as much for him to hear
    As lies within the brother grip.
    Nay, more! It opens wide the way
    To friendliness sincere and true;
    There are no strangers when you say
    To me: "I sat in lodge with you."

    When that is said, then I am known;
    There is no questioning nor doubt;
    I need not walk my path alone
    Nor from my fellows be shut out.
    Those words hold all of brotherhood
    And help me face the world anew
    There's something deep and rich and good
    In this: "I sat in lodge with you."

    Though in far lands one needs must roam
    By sea and shore and hill and plain,
    Those words bring him a touch of home
    And lighten tasks that seem in vain.
    Men's faces are no longer strange
    But seem as those he always knew
    When some one brings the joyous change
    With this: "I sat in lodge with you."

    So you, my brother, now and then
    Have often put me in your debt
    By showing forth to other men
    That you your friends do not forget.
    When all the world seems gray and cold
    And I am weary, worn and blue
    Then comes this golden thought I hold
    You said: "I sat in lodge with you."

    When to the last great Lodge you fare
    My prayer is that I may be
    One of your friends who wait you there
    Intent your smiling face to see.
    We, with the warden at the gate,
    Will have a pleasant task to do;
    We'll call, though you come soon or late:
    "Come in! We sat in lodge with you!"

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