Lesson 1: Street - Symbolism of the Three Degrees - Page 83

It is because Masonry regards not the exterior of
a man but only his internal qualifications. She bends
not the suppliant knee at the shrine of wealth, its
glittering splendours are no passport of her altars and
temples, and never has it been said of her that she
turns her face away from him who is clothed in
poverty’s rags or veiled in poverty’s tears.
No worldly honours are there recognised. The kirlg
of England, the President of the United States, when
he enters a lodge is simply “Brother.” He is there
accorded no mark of distinction to which every other
Master Mason is not entitled. Who enters a Masonic
lodge leaves his titles, his wealth, his worldly hon-
~uurs, at the door.
“Yes, we meet upon the level
Though from every station come,
The rich man from his mansion,
The poor man from his home;
For the rich must leave his hoarded
Outside our temple door,
And the servant *feels himself a man
Upon the Mason% floor.”
He who wears the humble garb of domestic industry
prepared by the hand of a devoted wife is as
sure to gain admission and find as hearty welcome
and rank as high as he whose raiment is purpIe and
fine linen and who fares sumptuously every day.