Preamble to Yonder Book (optional)
It must indeed be gratifying to know that you are at last a Master Mason, and once you have affixed your signature to the
Bylaws of this lodge, you will have sealed your allegiance to the oldest and greatest fraternity in existence, one that encircles
the globe and whose influence for good is never ending.
The particular reason that you chose to become a member of this grand and noble order is known only to yourself. It might
have been the prompting of idle curiosity. That being true, you should now be well satisfied. It might have been for financial
reasons. That being true, be at once undeceived for Freemasonry offers no financial benefits to any of its members. It might
have been for social aspirations. That being true, you are now afforded the opportunity to acquaint yourself with many interesting
and intelligent gentlemen. It might have been because a relative or close friend (can also name the relative such as father,
brother, etc. as appropriate) is a Mason and expressed a desire that you should become one also and follow in their footsteps.
That being true, it is not only an honor to yourself, but to the fraternity as well.
But, be the reason that it may, there are two great questions that still confront you. Will you be worth anything or nothing
to Freemasonry and, will Freemasonry be worth anything or nothing to you? The answers lie within you yourself, for if you
will apply to your own life the lessons that you have received in the three degrees, it will make you a better citizen, a
better father, a better son and a fonder husband............for
On Yonder Book Charge
written by M.W. Benjamin L. Hadley, P.G.M.
(sometimes referred to as the "Candle Light Charge")
In Mason's Lodge, with darkened eyes
With cable tow about me,
I swore to hale all mysteries,
Masons keep, and Masons prize,
All brothers' secrets whispered low,
All words they speak, all things they do,
mystic manner taught me.
On yonder Book that Oath I took,
And will I break it? Never!
But stand by this, and this, and this,
(Giving D-G and S. on step of E.A. Degree)
I swore to answer and obey,
All summons sent me duly,
By brothers' hand or Lodge array,
that I would never stray,
From Ancient laws and rules that bound,
Freemasons in days renowned,
But would observe
(On yonder Book that Oath I took, etc...
as above and giving D-G and S.on step of F.C. Degree)
I swore to lead with generous care,
All those in sorrow hidden,
A brother on the darkened square,
mourners with disheveled hair,
The orphan doomed, alas, to stray,
Upon a rough and rugged way,
While tears gush forth
(On yonder Book, etc... giving D-G and S. on step of M.M. Degree)
I swore to deal in honesty,
With each true heart around me,
That Honor ... bright should ever
Unbroken bonds 'tween him and me,
Nor wrong nor guile, nor cruel fraud,
Should ever break the sacred cord,
which my vows have bound me.
(On yonder Book, etc... giving D-G of all 3 Degrees - one with each "this")
I swore the Portals close to guard,
Of the Masonic Temple,
To rid the quarries of their dross,
build each mystic wall across,
With body perfect, upright heart,
And mind mature in moral art
In Precept and example.
yonder Book, etc... pointing to Greater and Lesser Lights and letter
I swore the Chastity to guard,
Of Mason's widow, wife, or child,
His mother or sister, undefiled.
them I pledge a brother's love,
By Him who rules the Lodge above,
To be a true defender.
(On yonder Book, etc...
giving Distress sign - one motion with each this )
My Brother (or Brothers):
These are your Vows, Be they your cares.
And may such aid be given,
answer to your earnest prayer,
That you may ever do and dare,
All that God's gracious Laws enjoin,
So that when evening
You may be found in Heaven.
On yonder Book these Oaths we took,
And will we break them? Never:
stand by this, and this, and this,
Forever and forever.
(Have candidates join with you in giving D-G and S. on the
step of all three Degrees - one with each "this)
Have lesser lights arranged around the alter or dim lights and use alter
spot as case may be..