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Written by: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe | Biography
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 (This fine poem is given by Goethe amongst a 
small collection of what he calls Loge (Lodge), meaning thereby 
Masonic pieces.)

THE mason's trade 
Observe them well,

Resembles life, And 
watch them revealing

With all its strife,-- How 
solemn feeling
Is like the stir made And 
wonderment swell

By man on earth's face. The 
hearts of the brave.

Though weal and woe The 
voice of the blest,

The future may hide, And 
of spirits on high

Unterrified Seems 
loudly to cry:
We onward go 
"To do what is best,

In ne'er changing race. Unceasing 

A veil of dread 
"In silence eterne

Hangs heavier still. Here 
chaplets are twin'd,

Deep slumbers fill 
That each noble mind
The stars over-head, Its 
guerdon may earn.--

And the foot-trodden grave. 
Then hope ye for ever!"