Ye brethren of the ancient craft, Ye fav'rite sons of fame, Let bumpers cheerfully be quaff'd To great _________'s name: Happy, long happy may he be, Who loves and honours masonry. With a fa, la, la, la, la. In vain would D'anvers with his wit * Our slow resentment raise; What he and all mankind have writ But celebrates our praise. His wit this only truth imparts, That masons have firm faithful hearts. With a fa, la, la, la, la. Ye British fair, for beauty fam'd, Your slaves we wish to be; Let none for charms like yours be nam'd, That loves not masonry. This maxim D'anvers proves full well, That masons never kiss and tell. With a fa, la, la, la, la. True masons! no offences give, Let fame your worth declare, Within your compass wisely live, And act upon the square: May peace and friendship e'er abound, And great _________'s health go round. With a fa, la, la, la, la.
* That those who hang'd Capt. Porteous at Edinburgh were all Free Masons, because they kept their own Secrets. See Craftsman, 16th April 1736, No.563.
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