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THE LOST WORD FOUND

DR.

J. D. BUCK, 32° Cincinnati, Ohio.

THE LO THE

FOUND

BY

J.

D BUCK,

»1

HARMONIC BOO;
VOL.

INDO-AMERICAN

Bl

THE LOST WORD FOUND
IN

THE GREAT WORK
(MAGNUM OPUS)

BY

J.

D.

BUCK,

Genius of Freemasonry; Author of "Mystic Masonry;" "The of Man;" Etc. •'Constructive Psychology;" "A Study

HARMONIC BOOKLET SERIES
VOL.
II

CHICAGO INDO-AMERICAN BOOK CO.
1909

Copyright by

J.

D.

BUCK

1908

Third Edition

ADDRESSED
TO

ALL LOVERS OF TRUTH AND HELPERS OF MANKIND

FOREWORD
IT due to myself, to my Publishers, * and to my Masonic Brethren, as
is

well as to

all

other parties
say,
that

who may

be

concerned,

to

the

following

pages were written entirely on
initiative

my own

and without the suggestion of
I

anyone, and that

am

therefore entirely;

and

solely responsible for the statements

therein

made.
for

Having been

more

than

forty

years an "explorer of the Secret Vaults
of Freemasonry, and having at last dis-

covered the "Lineal
sion of
tion,'*
I

Key"

in the posses-

one

who "knows
of

the

combina-

desire simply to place this disat the disposal

covery

my Masonic

Brethren, with the suggestion only that

they have the same right and the same
opportunity which
the evidence
for
I

have had,

to

examine

themselves,

and then
and

act as seems to
right.

them

desirable, just

Fraternally,
J.

D.

BUCK.

WHAT
HAT
Was
is it
it

IS

"THE LOST WORD"?
that was "lost"?

merely a "word,"

and nothing more?

How

many

are there today

who

have any

definite
is

and

satisfactory
in

idea as to what

meant

Free-

masonry by "The Lost
It

Word?"
safe
to

would probably be
one
in

say, not

a thousand.
of those

How

many

who have
thought
in

given the subject serious

and consideration agree
conclusions?

their

2

1

The

Lost

Word Found
safe to say,

Again
very few.

it

would be

But

why

this

uncertainty

and

confusion concerning the one thing

which, above

all others, gives

mean-

ing, or point, or significance to the

Degree of a Master Mason?
If assured

by competent

authority

and on legal evidence,
Lost

that

"The
in-

Word"

has reference to an

ancient estate

which has been
for

creasing in value

many

thou-

sands of years, until the distributive
share of each Master
is

Mason today
in cash,

worth a million dollars
that this vast
for

and
is

Masonic Estate
distribution
as

now ready

3

The
soon
as

Lost

Word Found

1

a complete roster of the
authenticated,

Craft can be

how

many Master Masons would have an interest in "The Lost Word"
sufficient

to

see

that

their

names

were on the
This
is

roster?

too delicate a subject to
lest

admit of speculation,

injustice

might be done

to

the real

Spirit

and Genius of modern Freemasonry, as well as to the motives which
inspire

many

individual

members

of the Craft.

There
reason

is,

however, a
the

sufficient

for

general
as
to

confusion
correct

among Masons

the

14

The

Lost

Word Found

Masonic meaning of

"The

Lost

Word."
Sir Albert Pike, our wise

and

revered Masonic Historian, gives us

a hint of

it

in his

"Legenda,"

in

these words:

"What
in

is

most worth knowing
is

Masonry

never very openly

taught.

The symbols are displayed,
It
is

but they are mute.
only,

by

hints

and these the

least noticeable

and apparently
the Initiate
is

insignificant,

that

put upon the track of

the hidden Secret.
"It

was never intended

that the

mass of Masons should know the

meaning of the Blue Degrees, and

.

5

The

Lost

Word Found
to

1

no pains were spared
that meaning/'

conceal

Whatever the
certain
it

real cause

may

be,

is

that no single subject

within the scope of

Blue Lodge
invested with

Masonry has been
more of

real mysticism
is

and
of

occult

uncertainty than

that

"The

Lost

Word."
his prog-

During the course of
ress

through the ceremony of the
Initi-

Master Mason's Degree, each
ate
1

is

directly or indirectly informed:

That That

there

is

a

Grand Ma-

sonic
2.

"Word."
at the

time of the buildit

ing of

King Solomon's Temple

6

1

The

Lost

Word Found
be
in the posses-

was supposed
sion of the
3.

to

Grand Master.
the

That before

Temple was
Grand

completed some of the craftsmen
conspired to compel
their

Master
4.

to give

them the "Word."
his

That on

third

and

final

refusal to give

them the "Word"

he was
5.

killed.

That through
lost."

his

death the

"Word was
6.

That a "Substitute"

therefor

was adopted "until

future ages might

find out the right,"
is

and the

initiate

given that "Substitute."

This

substitute, as every

Master Mason

knows,

is

a "word," in the ordi-

The

Lost

Word Found

1

7

nary sense of the term, which can

be pronounced vocally.

The
was
it

question
that

now

is:

What
to

was

"lost"

Free-

masonry and
death
of

Freemasons by the
the

Grand

Master,

Hiram?

Was
ized
*

it

a mere word, composed

of syllables, which can be vocal-

and pronounced,

as

can the

'Substitute"?

Think

for a

moment:

At

the

time referred to there were three

Grand Masters,

in

a Masonic sense,

who were
Temple."

directly interested in

and

identified with "the building of the

These were King Solo-

8

1

The

Lost

Word Found

man, King

Hiram of Tyre and
was a

Hiram Abif.
If the thing referred to

mere word, all three of these Great

Masons must have been
sion of
it.

in posses-

In that event

it

could not have
Craft by the

been "lost"
death
of

to the

but one of

them.

It

would have required the death of
all three to

have

lost

such a word.

To

get over this impossible ob-

stacle, the ingenious suggestion

has

been offered, that

it

was a word of
and
that

three syllables, or parts,

each one of these Grand Masters

had one

part of

it

only.

In this

The

Lost

Word Found

19

case neither one alone could give
it,

but

it

would

require all three;

and

that this

was

the reason for the
it

Grand Master's

reply, that

could

not be given "except in the pres-

ence of" the other two and himself.

The inadequacy of
ber that the very
three

this suggestion

becomes apparent when
first

we rememtime these
together

Grand Masters came

and pronounced the word, each one would thereafter know the whole
word, and anyone of them could
thereafter pronounce
It
it.

thus becomes clear that the

thing that

was

"lost" through the

death of the Widow's Son was not

20

The

Lost

Word Found

a mere word, in the ordinary meaning of the term;

because no such

mere word could possiblybe "lost"
under the conditions which existed
at the time of that historic event.

There
meaning

is,

however, a consistent
the

for

term

"Word,"
in use,

which has been and
in

still is

both Masonry and the Great

School back of Masonry, and one

which

meets

all

the

conditions

perfectly.

That meaning was and
Instruction."

is

"An

At

the time referred to and prior

thereto, the

Great School was the

The
source

Lost

Word Found
the

21

from

which

exoteric

School of Masonry received the

"Word of
spiritual

Instruction" in the secret
ages.

knowledge of the

The Widow's Son was
School

specially

chosen and prepared by the Great

—the Great White Lodge—

the Brotherhood of Light



to be-

come the

Spiritual

Mentor
of

and
the

Supreme Grand Master
exoteric

Lodge, "when the Tem"untimely death"

ple

was completed."
his

Through

the plan of the Great School, for

the time being,
the

was thwarted, and was
in-

"Word

of Instruction"

22

The

Lost

Word Found
School

deed "lost"
of

to the exoteric

Masonry

"until future ages might

find it."

And

so

it

remains

"The

Lost

Word"

to this day.

THE RECOVERY OF THE
LOST

WORD

HE
\

whole of the teach-

ings of
ters

Fieemasomy dnsof

around the existence.
perfectibility

nature

and

the

human Soul by Personal

Effort.

The
man
tion

"first

great mile-post."
first

the

lesson of the
free

degree,

is

to

sd

from ignorance,

supersti-

of the and fear-the "demon

threshold."
first

He

is

thus,

for

the

tion, set

evolutime in his progressive infree from the debasing
of
all

fluence

who
to

seek

by any
his

means whatsoever

enslave

2A
soul

The

Lost

Word Found
asset or a

and make him an
Despotism
in

chattel of

any form,
or pre-

or under whatsoever
tense.

name

At the moment of liberation, when
he would
he
is

utilize the

revealed Light,

"bound by a

stronger tie."

He
subdue

then begins the struggle "to
his passions," the struggle

for self-control,

which

is

to

end

in

Self -Mastery.

He
only
that
self,

is

found worthy

to

be

free,

in the sense

and

to the

degree

he undertakes

to control

him-

and he voluntarily assumes the obligation and undertakes the work.

How

far

each individual candi-

The

Lost

Word Found

25

date for Initiation realizes the meaning

and senses the obligation thus
is

assumed,
tion.

a purely personal ques-

But among

all

the

Institutions

known

to

man

at the present day,

Freemasonry and the Great School
back of
it

are the only ones that
clear intelligence,

undertake, with
to define
to his

man's duty to himself and

fellow men,
of

and

to

point

out

the lines

self-perfection,

liberation

and higher

evolution,

by

an exact ethical formulary free from
all

dogmatism,
ulterior

superstition, fear or

any

motive whatsoever.

Freemasonry thus stands as an

26

The

Lost

Word Found
of

epitome of

human wisdom and

man's highest achievement
present time.
It is

to the

claimed that "good, square
lines,
intelli-

work" along these
gently apprehended

and

persistently

followed, will result in Mastership.

No intelligent individual who has
made a
careful

and

thoughtful

study of the ceremony and dramatic
ritual of the

Lodge, the obligations
explanations

assumed,

the

and

charge given and accepted, has ever,
so far as
I

know, denied the

fore-

going statements and conclusions.

How

far

each individual real-

izes all this

and

lives

up

to

it, is

not

The
a matter

Lost

Word Found

27

now under

consideration.

The
result,

intent, the

meaning and the

when
that

clearly conceived

and

honestly and persistently followed,
are
all
I

am

here claiming.

These concern a knowledge of the
existence of the
liberation

Human

Soul;

its

from

all

outward slavery,

and

from

the inward slavery of

selfishness
its

and

all evil passions,

and

perfection

by personal

effort, self-

control, equity, justice

and

right;

Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.

This teaching of the Lodge
ritualistic,

is

dramatic, symbolic, and

monitorial.
It

requires attention, observation,

28

The

Lost

Word Found

thought and application on the part
of the initiate to
structive results.

realize

its

con-

When
mate
is,

these logical

and

legiti-

results are fully realized, that

earned by persistent application
is

and work, what

the net result?
is,

The answer
Master.

to this question

a

Let us remember that
dealing
in

we

are not

"compliments."
is

We
real,

have assumed that the work
seriously undertaken

and persistently

followed, and

if

the results are not
is

substantial, then

the

whole thing

a farce, a delusion, and a snare; a
profanation of holy things (if there

The
be

Lost

Word Found
a

29

anything

holy),

Tantalus

worse than that fabled of old.
"If
it

were possible

for the vain,
in

the selfish

and the mean,

the

spiritjof vanity, selfishness

and meanIndepend-

ness, to achieve Spiritual

ence and Mastership, that fact of
itself

would

constitute a complete

justification

of

vanity
in

selfishness
#

and meanness
conduct.
If

human

life

and
for

it

were possible

the subtle trickster, the clever pretender,

the vain boaster,

and the

morally degenerate to skulk past
the

Law

of Compensation into the of Spiritual Light, then
not

Kingdom

would nature

only

condone

30

The

Lost

Word Found
vanity and im-

trickery, pretense,

morality, but
to

would become a party
this

them.

If

were

possible,

then also would there be no meaning in

honesty, sincerity, humility

and morality.
no
distinction,

made why should man?
For
if

nature

"The School

of Natural Science

has demonstrated, through centuries
of experiment, that there are no
tricksters

nor

moral

degenerates
of
Spiritual

within the 'Temple
Light,' that

there

is

no subterraall

nean rear entrance and that
reach
its

who

sanctum sanctorum do so
the front door,

by way of

and then

only after having met and complied

1

The

Lost

Word Found

3

with every section and requirement
of the

Law

of Light.
its

Each

indi-

vidual admitted to
cincts

Sacred Pre-

has come 'of his

own

free

will

and accord/

'the right knock.'

He has given He has proved
is

beyond
and

all

question that he

'duly

truly

prepared,

worthy and

well qualified,' and that upon his

own. merit alone he
'enter

is

entitled to
in

and be received

due and

ancient form.'"*
It
is

declared herein unequivo-

cally that back of all the symbolical
in

Freemasonry

lies

the actual, the

real, the
* M

substantial

and the
Read whole

true;
chapter

The

Great Work,'* pp. 265-6.

on "Compensation."

32

The
that
light

Lost

Word Found

and

it is

the real that gives life
to the ideal

and

and meaning

and the symbolical;

that

back of
Master

and beyond the reputed
there
of,
is

the real Master

;

that

back

beyond and antedating "SpeculaMasonry," by many
is

tive

centuries,

there

a Practical Masonry
is

of

which the Speculative
a symbol,
finally;

only a hint,

an outer form.

And

that

back of the "Substito Speculative

tute"

known
is

Masonry
only to

there

the real

Word,
and
to

lost

the Speculative

be "recov-

ered" and "restored" whenever the

Lodge
ment
to

really passes

from refresh-

Labor, restores order from

The

Lost

Word Found

33

confusion and finds the true designs

on the trestleboard.

"By
him."

these signs ye shall

know

The

trestleboard— the signs,

the word, the instruction— these are

the sole criterion of the Master in
the one case as in the other; in practical,

no

less

than in speculative
will

Masonry.

The "Jewel"
Love— in

be

"found on the body," and the Jewel
is

Light, Truth,

perfect

equilibrium.

He who

can

distinguish

light

from darkness, truth from falsehood,
love from hatred, need be in

no
the

doubt

nor

uncertainty

about

Jewel of the Grand Master.

Nor

34

The

Lost
in

Word Found
re-

need he be

any doubt about

ceiving the true

"Word," when

the

Temple

is

completed by work ac-

cording to the "designs."

He may
deny

"demand
that
it

it

out of season," or

exists at all, if
it

he choose, yet
one way,
profi-

he can receive
viz.,

in but

by

merit

and previous

ciency, as all Masters

have done

who have gone this way before. The writer is perfectly well aware that many Masons will repudiate
this serious aspect

of Freemasonry
their

and pride themselves on
intelligence while

own

shrugging their

shoulders at the credulity of those

who

take the subject seriously.

The
But

Lost

Word Found
Masonry and

35
this

this real

serious aspect being true, the penalty

thus paid

by

the writer for finding

some few glimpses of the Truth

and endeavoring
find the same,
is

to

help others to

small indeed,

much

as

he values the respect of

his fel-

low craftsmen.
It

would be

perfectly legitimate

for the student to inquire

— "What

evidence have you that the 'Great
School' and any real Masters exist
at all?"

Passing by the traditions of the

Lodge and
sonic

the philosophy of
for the

MaI

Symbolism

moment,

am

ready to admit that the

Man

36

The

Lost

Word Found
gives of the
status of the

and the account he
existence

and present

Great School must FILL

THE

BILL

The man
to

himself must be required

show

his credentials, not in hightitles,

sounding
terious

"patents" in mys-

characters, signed

by

— we

know
But

not

whom.
must be of
mastership intrinsic;

his credentials

manhood and
ally possessed

of character, of wis-

dom, of beneficence and of loving
kindness.
signs
is

Are

not these the "de-

on the trestleboard" ?

And

not the real

Grand Master one

who

can furnish them "at sight" or

"on demand"?

The
I

Lost

Word Found

37

hold that any

man

exhibiting

such credentials, and so representing
the Great School,
is

worthy

of,

and

entitled to a very careful consideration,

a conscientious examination to

see

if

he can really FILL
first

THE

BILL.

In the

place, "does he seek

notoriety?"

Is

he out for "graft"?

Has he
he

anything to gain personally?
to exploit us?
ulterior

Does he seek
These

Has
legiti-

unworthy

motives?

are all intelligent

and

mate questions, and he
not ask

who

does

them

is

likely to

be de-

ceived any day, by any mere pretender, just as scores of people are

deceived and imposed on every day.

38

The

Lost

Word Found

We
of
is

have one possessed of the
in the

SIGNS of the Master

Author

'The Great Work." That Work his trestleboard. The designs
and the plans
for

therein revealed

the construction of the

Temple
set

of

the

Human
to

Soul therein

forth

are sufficiently clear, intelligent and
explicit

enable any intelligent
if

man

(particularly

he be a
to

just

and upright Mason)
measure
written,
this

judge and

his

work.
all

The book was
question, with

beyond

identical design

and

for

this

specific purpose;

and knowing the

man

as

I

do,

and having the honor
five

and the blessedness of

years

The

Lost

Word Found

39

of acquaintance and intimate association with

him and study under
he

him,
is

I

am
in

entirely satisfied that

prepared to stand on the record

made

'The Great Work." By his work we may know
specifically set forth

him,

and by the account therein plainly and

may we

judge of the "Great School," the

School of Natural Science, from

which he claims
his instruction,
it

to

have received
finds

and which he
and
his

his privilege
at
is

duty to rep-

resent

the present time.

His
Pro-

message

"Addressed

to the

gressive Intelligence
in
its

of the

Age"

"dedication."

40

The

Lost
is

Word Found
not a rumor, nor a

Here
fad
;

then,

nor a thing easily to be thrust but

aside;

"cold

type,"

concise

statements, deliberate propositions,

made
cerity

in

good English and reveal-

ing educated intelligence and sin-

on every page.
like
it

Nothing

can be found

in

the annals of Freemasonry.

It is

unique.

It

stands alone.

It

com-

mands

respect

and

is

bound, soon

or late, to record the judgment of

every intelligent and sincere man, every just and upright
the world.

Mason

in

Whether

the individual

Mason

shall repeat hearsay opinions, pro

The
or con;

Lost

Word Found

41

whether he shall approve
or disapprove

and accept,

and conis

demn

after a careful reading,

not

here and
sidered.

now

a matter to be con-

"The Great Work"
to

will

have

be reckoned with.
If the propositions

contained in

this

book prove

true

and acceptable

to

any large body of the Craft,

then the "Future Generations," by

whom
is

the real

word of

the Master
is

to

be recovered and restored

the

PRESENT GENERATION and THE TIME HAS COME!
If

Freemasonry

working

with
its

only a "substitute" has achieved

42

The

Lost

Word Found

present status
neficence,

and world-wide be-

what

may
shall

justly

be

anticipated

and confidently expectit

ed of

it

when

have been
to
?
its

rehabilitated

and

restored

ancient

wisdom and grandeur
Fraternity
to
just
is

The

deliberately
issue
in

challenged

this

"The
It

Great Work."

has been shown that Masonry
itself

concerns

with

the

Human
Indi-

Soul

and the building of

vidual Character
fort.

by Personal EfGenius

This

constitutes the entire

of Initiation in Freemasonry.

Modern Science

is

just at

the

The
threshold

Lost

Word Found

43

of

real

knowledge of
postulates

Psychology,
the

and now

Human

Soul as an empirical

FACT.
So-called Psychological Science
is still

testing

phenomena

and

gathering more data with no definite

theorem

in sight.

Spiritualism

has

demonstrated

the existence of a mass of verified

phenomena
kinetics

outside of physics

and
the

and

has

extended

boundaries of Consciousness a plane

above

("supraliminal"

)

and
M
)

a

plane below ( "subliminal
previously recognized.

that

The

various religions of the

day

44

The

Lost

Word Found

reaffirm the old belief in the existence

and immortality of the Soul,

while among both "believers" and
preachers are found
believe or
that

many who

dis-

deny

altogether, or claim
is

definite

knowledge

im-

possible.

Under

all

these conditions

and

signs of the times, here

comes one

who
is

declares that the

human Soul
is

a FACT.

"There

no death,"
be-

but transition only.

Man may
his

come "Master" of Life and Death
and thus demonstrate

power

to

"travel in foreign countries," that
is,

outside the physical body,

and
of

so

demonstrate the

persistence

The
the Soul
death.

Lost

Word Found

45

after the

change called

Meantime

it

is

shown

that the
this
is

method of accomplishing

Great

Work

of all

the ages,

but the

fruition, the

reward, the legitimate

consummation of the " Building of
Character by Personal Effort," as
illustrated

and exemplified

in InitiaIt

tion into the
is

Masonic Lodge.

the

legitimate reward

of real

Mastership and
higher
evolution

but
of

the

normal,

man under

natural law.

Fortunately for man, the historic

enemy of Freemasonry and
ual Liberty

Individ-

cannot "suppress" the

46

The

Lost

Word Found

book

— "The Great
its

Work;" and
or

persecution of

author,

con-

demnation

and

"expurgation" of

the book itself the writer

would only

sustain

and

advertise his

work
other-

and impel thousands of the
wise indifferent to read
it.

The modern
is

historic

enemy of
Liberty

Freemasonry and

Human

not "that kind of a fool."
It
is

therefore a question

which

Freemasons alone can determine,
whether they have
to
interest

enough

examine the

intrinsic

evidence in

favor of the Claims of

"The Great
of the most
outside

Work,"

as hundreds

intelligent

men and women

The

Lost

Word Found

47

the Craft are

already doing with

the most satisfactory results

and the

most unqualified appreciation and
approval.

The message and
already shown, and
it

appeal

are

peculiarly to Freemasons for reasons

remains to
it

be

determined

again be
his

— "He recorded
his

whether

shall
to

came

own and
thing

own

received

him

not."

One
sage
is

is

certain.

—The mesand nothing

out for all time,

short of a cataclysm can

now

sup-

press

it.

The
Liberty

active

enemy of Human
destroy

may

our

Free

48

The

Lost

Word Found

Schools and unite with
to

Mammon
it

oppress the poor,

but

will

never be able to sophisticate "

The

Great Work," nor deprive the

intel-

ligent seeker for truth of his Natural

and Divine

Birthright, nor
for

compel

him

to

do penance

daring to
learn his

exercise his

Freedom and

immortal destiny as a "

They

are Slaves

!

Man. who will

not

speak

For the fallen and the weak.

They
In

are

Slaves

!

who

dare

not be

the

right

with

two

or

three."

The

warfare of the ages has

The

Lost

Word Found

49

focalized at last on a tremendous
scale in this twentieth century
in these

and

United States of America.

Poverty and Wealth, Labor
Capital, Socialism

and

and Despotism,
Competition,

Co-operation

and

Freemasonry and Clericalism, these
are but the "battalions" the "divisions,"

the

"corps" of seemingly

hostile legions arrayed against

each

other.

Back of and beyond
surface struggles

all

these

and these warring

armies

lies

the essential problem of

human

life.

Other armies

fight

for temporal

power and earthly dominion, but

50

The

Lost

Word Found
and

the issue between Materialism

Spiritism goes to the very heart of
things.
to

All other warfare

is

waged

determine

how man

shall live

here; the

ways and

the means; the

comfort

and the welfare of the

many, the whole, or only the few.
But
tion
is,

in the real

issue, the

ques-

whether man shall

live

AT
his

ALL.

Is

he an ephemeral phenom-

enon, a passing
life

show

?

Or

is

real

and enduring?
the

Does he
of time?
of

survive

cataclysms

Does he

inherit the "

Kingdom

Heaven?"
tality?

May he achieve Immor-

A large majority of reputedly in-

1

The
telligent

Lost

Word Found
will

5

persons

answer un-

hesitatingly

— "Nobody

knows,
to

ever did know, or ever can know.

Those

are things

which belong

the unknowable."
It
is

this

"agnostic" gnosticism,

this

dogmatic nihilism, against which

Sir Oliver

Lodge, the great phys-

ical scientist, in the

name of

science

protests.

Modern thought and
advanced
Scientists

the more

have worked

up

to this point

and found an open

door, though aside from subjective

phenomena (mediumship) they have
no exact theorem.

They know

not

how

to proceed.

52

The

Lost

Word Found
definite
in

This exact and
challenges

theorem

them

"The

Great

Work."
Think
for

a moment

what

it

would mean
ing,

to the toiling, sorrow-

hoping and aspiring children

of men, could an exact, definite,

demonstrable and affirmative answer

be

— "If a man ages
again?"

given

to

the question
die, shall
it

of the

he

live

Think what
that

would

also

mean
could

if

affirmative

answer

tell

us where,

and how, and
life

under what conditions

persists

beyond the
conditions

grave,

and exactly how
life lived

and the

here,

The
determine
there?
Is
it

Lost

Word Found
conditions

53
life

the

of

not worth while?
is

This

precisely the

question

treated in

"The Great Work."
to

We

sorely need genuine spiritual

knowledge

illumine

the dark
to give

places of the present

life,

the

real

meaning of

life.

Not

from the
years
far

vicissitudes of "three score

and ten"

— which
a

is

even

now

beyond the average
vistas

—but with

the

of

thousand years,

"plane after plane revealed, with
plane after plane beyond."

And

this

knowledge comes

in

the present age peculiarly to Free-

54

The

Lost

Word Found
is

masonry, because the Craft

duly

and

truly prepared to nourish the

tradition, preserve

the

landmarks,
it,

and
scout

ready to receive
it

and

not the

and

turn

it

away when
it,

world sorely needs

and the times
its

seem propitious
It

for

revelation.

comes

to our Fraternity,

with the
it

hopeful assurance that here
surely find
receive
it

will

some who are ready to and pass it on from mouth
they receive
it,

to ear as

instead of

crying— 'away with
it!"

it

!

Crucify

In Galilee, there were "only a

few fishermen" and the
listened gladly.

poor,

who

The
In
to

Lost

Word Found

55

America today,

there are said

be over two million "just and

upright Masons."
listen?

How

will they

Will they recognize the Will designs on the trestleboard ?
they pass from darkness to light?

Will they

still

the confusion?
their

Or

will they, as did

Craftsmen

of old, hide in the "caves" of ignorance, and be judged at last

by

"the imprecations from their

own

mouths?"

"O!
Will

that

I

had only known!"
ear

the

listening

and

the

faithful breast receive the instruc-

tion?

Alas!
this

who

can

tell?
is

And

"Great

Work"

only

56

The

Lost

Word Found
the
"first

the beginning,

lesson."

More

is

ready

to follow.

Until the present time, the world

had no nomenclature, no language
in

which the "things of the

spirit"

could be conveyed to the children
of men.

Paul "saw things impossible
utter."

to

No

one would understand

The world had to work up to it, and now THE TIME HAS COME. It is not now the inability to apprehend as it was then. Today nothing could bar the way but the
him.
unwillingness
to
listen,

the

crass

materialism that prejudges,

scouts

and denies without examination.

The

Lost

Word Found

57

There

will be today no fudging

of the pay-roll.

Each

will

get
it

exactly
all

what he has earned,
heaven

for

depends on himself.

An
real

angel

from

could

not compel

him
is

to listen;

and no
he
be.

Master

likely to try, for
it

knows how

useless

would

He

simply finds the listening ear
faithful breast

and the

among

other

degrees of intelligence.

Reference

is

here

made

to the

"School of Natural Science," which
deals only with "cold, hard facts;"
to

"The Great Work" and to real "Master" now among us.

the

No

one

is

asked

to

"believe."

58

The

Lost

Word Found
to

All are invited

investigate,

to

examine carefully as the present
writer has done,

and then

to reject

or accept according to evidence
their

and

own

unbiased

judgment.

Otherwise, and without such examination, any conclusion to which

they

may arrive

is

utterly worthless,
it

either to themselves or others, as

could

be only prejudice, due

to

credulity or incredulity, neither of

which

has

ever

yet

led

men

to

Light and Knowledge.

There
Masonic

was, indeed,

a

Word
in

— the
of

Grand

grandest
which
the

Word,

truth,

Human

Intelligence can conceive.

The
But
it

Lost

Word Found

59

was not a mere
by men of

syllabic

word, capable of being given and
received
inferior intel-

ligence or impure lives.

GRAND MASONIC WORD OF INSTRUCTION IN THE SPIRITUAL WISDOM OF THE MASIt

was

the

TERS.
but a

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could be given by none

MASTER OF THE GREAT
truly pre-

SCHOOL, and received by none but

him who was duly and
become such a MASTER.

pared, worthy and well qualified to

Many there
this

are

who have sought

to unravel this great mystery.

To
Lost

end

great libraries

have been
the

written,

only

to

bury

60

The

Lost

Word Found
the

Word

more deeply beneath

rubbish of the Temple.

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