Freemasonry encourages it’s votaries to enrich their minds with the study of the liberal arts and sciences. Edgar Guest was one such Mason who contributed to the field of poetry.
Edgar A Guest
Initiated : April 9, 1908
Passed: April 23, 1908
Raised: May 21, 1908
Lifetime Member: August 5, 1948
Fifty Year Membership Award
Ashler Lodge No. 91, Detroit
Mount Hermon Lodge No. 24
Lansing Lodge No. 33
Findlater Lodge No. 475
Waterly Lodge No. 527
Four Square Lodge No. 537
Detroit Craft Lodge No. 576
White Leather Apron
By Edgar A. Guest
It is not ornamental, the cost is not great,
There are other things far more useful, yet truly I state,
Tho of all my possessions, there’s none can compare,
With that white leather apron, which all Masons wear.
As a young lad I wondered just what it all meant,
When Dad hustled around, and so much time was spent
On shaving and dressing and looking just right,
Until Mother would say: “It’s the Masons tonight.”
And some winter nights she said: “What makes you go,
Way up there tonight thru the sleet and the snow,
You see the same things every month of the year.”
Then Dad would reply: “Yes, I know it, my dear.”
Forty years I have seen the same things, it is true.
And though they are old, they always seem new,
For the hands that I clasp, and the friends that I greet,
Seem a little bit closer each time that we meet.”
Years later I stood at that very same door,
With good men and true who had entered before,
I knelt at the alter, and there I was taught
That virtue and honor can never be bought.
That the spotless white lambskin all Masons revere,
If worthily worn grows more precious each year,
That service to others brings blessings untold,
That man may be poor tho surrounded by gold.
I learned that true brotherhood flourishes there,
That enmities fade ‘neath the compass and square,
That wealth and position are all thrust aside,
As there on the level men meet and abide.
So, honor the lambskin, may it always remain
Forever unblemished, and free from all stain,
And when we are called to the Great Father’s love,
May we all take our place in that Lodge up above.