Robert “Robbie” Burns Day is perhaps the most popular holiday in Scotland. It is also the birthday of the first Poet Laureate of Freemasonry. Brother Robert Burns is known for his boisterous opinions on “liberty, fraternity, and equality” in general, and many attribute these feelings to the lessons he learned in Lodge. In any case, they certainly ride in tandem with Freemasonry’s teachings.
Brother Burns wrote at least seven Masonic poems, most notably “For Auld Lang Syne”, which is sung at the end of our own table lodges and festive boards. I’ve added another of his writings below for your enjoyment. More information about Brother “Robbie” Burns can be found in Episode 49 of The Masonic Roundtable and at http://www.mpoets.org/Burns.htm
Masonic Song: Ye Sons of Old Killie
Ye sons of Auld Killie, assembled by Willie,
To follow the noble vocation;
Your thrifty old mother has scarce such another
To sit in that honoured station.
I’ve little to say, but only to pray,
As praying’s the ton of your fashion;
A prayer from the muse you well may excuse,
`Tis seldom her favorite passion.
Ye powers who preside o’er the wind and the tide,
Who marked each element’s border,
Who formed this frame with beneficent aim
Whose sovereign statute is order,
Within this dear mansion may wayward contention,
Or withered Envy ne’er enter,
May secrecy round be the mystical bound
And brotherly love be the center.
– Brother Robert Burns