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THE ENTERED APPRENTICES' SONG, by            
First Line: Come, let us prepare
Last Line: As a free and an accepted mason.
Subject(s): Apprentices


COME, let us prepare,
We brothers that are
Assembled on merry occasion;
Let's drink, laugh, and sing,
Our wine has a spring,
Here's a health to an Accepted Mason.

The world is in pain
Our secrets to gain,
And still let them wonder and gaze on;
'Till they're shown the light,
They'll ne'er know the right
Word or sign of an Accepted Mason.

'Tis this and 'tis that,
They cannot tell what,
Why so many great men of the nation,
Should aprons put on,
To make themselves one
With a free and an Accepted Mason.

Great kings, dukes, and lords,
Have laid by their swords,
Our mystery to put a good grace on,
And ne'er been ashamed,
To hear themselves named
With a free and an Accepted Mason.

Antiquity's pride
We have on our side,
And it maketh men just in their station;
There's nought but what's good,
To be understood
By a free and an Accepted Mason.

We're true and sincere,
And just to the Fair;
They'll trust us on every occasion:
No mortal can more
The ladies adore,
Than a free and an Accepted Mason.

Then join hand in hand,
By each brother firm stand,
Let's be merry and put a bright face on:
What mortal can boast
So noble a toast,
As a free and an Accepted Mason?
Chorus: No mortal can boast
So noble a toast,
As a free and an Accepted Mason.





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