Freemasonry Quotes

Make no 'prentice that is deformed; It is mean, as you may hear That he have all his limbs whole all together; To the craft it were great shame, To make a halt man and a lame, For an imperfect man of such blood Should do the craft but little good. Thus you may know every one, The craft would have a mighty man; A maimed man he hath no might, You must it know long ere night

Until relativly modern times, the Masons, even when the had become a strictly fraternal organziation carried over this middle age discrimination against the handicapped--especially thiuse with deformed or missing limbs. The Regius Poem, often referred to as The Halliwell Manuscript, c.1390, is the oldest Ennglsh langiage document of Freemasonry, It was a long poem with a then classic rhyming scheme. It articulate 15 moral precepts and even more "principles" of the Engliosh Masons at the time, which was not terribley different from Masons today.

Freemasonry, The Regius Poem. aka The Halliwell Manuscript, England, c.1390

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Freemasonry or Masonry consists of fraternal organisations that trace their origins to the local fraternities of stonemasons, which from the end of the fourteenth century regulated the qualifications of stonemasons and their interaction with authorities and clients. The degrees of Freemasonry retain the three grades of medieval craft guilds, those of Apprentice, Journeyman or fellow, and Master Mason. The candidate of these three degrees is progressively taught the meanings of the symbols of Freemasonry, and entrusted with grips, signs and words to signify to other members that he has been so initiated. The initiations are part allegorical morality play and part lecture. The three degrees are offered by Craft (or Blue Lodge) Freemasonry. Members of these organisations are known as Freemasons or Masons. There are additional degrees, which vary with locality and jurisdiction, and are usually administered by their own bodies (separate from those who administer the craft degrees).

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