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Broadside epigram regarding masons
An ENCOMIASTICK EPIGRAM
Upon the most ANTIENT and HONOURABLE TRADE
By Mr. WILLIAM GEDDES, Late Minister at Urquhart.
AMong Mechanicks, MASONS I extoll,
The MASON then must have an antient Name.
When Godly* Enoch by his Divine Art, * Josephus de Antiq. Jud. Jude Epist
He did foretell how that the World should smart
By Fire and Water, he two Pillars made,
The one with Brick, and one with Stone was laid :
He wrote thereon all Sciences and Arts,
Some knowledge to Diffuse in all Mens hearts.
If Water came, the Stone might it endure ;
The Brick the Fire ; so all continued sure.
The* Moral-Law, in writ none could it have, * EXOD. 32.
Till GOD Himself in Stone he must it Grave.
For Hewing Stone, none can put you to shame,
The Corner-Stone, to JESUS is a Name : Honorable and mysterious Badge.
From antient times he hath a Divine* Crest. *A Metaphore taken from a part of the coat of Arms.
All Temples, Turrets,* Pallaces of Kings, * Noble and Stately Works
The strictest Laws they have for* Common-well, *Law and order.
Symbols Divine, *Pomp, Dwelling, Law and Love ; *The sum of all
Probable date published:
1690- shelfmark: APS.4.83.24