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NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS AT THE LODGE

By W Bro Louis Ruehlmann


T’was the night before Christmas our lodge was having its meeting

When the WM gave us a warm fraternal Christmas greeting

Our candidate tonight he said with a pause

Was none other than ole’ Santa Claus


When outside the door there arose such a clatter

Even Past Masters awoke to see what was the matter

Away to the door all we flew without care

But our Inner guard held tight and stopped us right there


The master gave three knocks with his gavel

To restore order in the East lest the Brethren unravel

The Inner Guard knew as the Tyler did too

That knock, knock and knock was the right thing to do.


When the door was opened we were amazed what would appear

Twas a sleek looking sleigh and eight dashing reindeer

With a hood wink driver so lively and quick

We knew in a moment it must be Saint Nick


The obligation, the token and word were soon given and taken

All word perfect if I am not mistaken

Alas Santa’s initiation soon came to a close

As Our Brother recited the charge that gave us all such a lift

Even Santa remarked it was better than any gift he could gift.


Our festive board that night was like no other

Who would imagine we’d be toasting Santa as our Brother

His eyes twinkled as laughed Ho! Ho! Ho!

But as quickly he came must he quickly go!

Giving an EA salute he sprang to his sleigh

And when he parted we all heard him say


Now Light! Now Compass! Now Square and Plumb Rule!

On Chisel, On Gavel!, On Ruler and those wonderful working tools

A Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night

To my brethren Masons for showing me the light!