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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
140. Masonic Song—Ye Sons of Old Killie
 
 
Tune—“Shawn-boy,” or “Over the water to Charlie.”
 
 
YE sons of old 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,        5
  As praying’s the ton of your fashion;
A prayer from thee Muse you well may excuse
  ’Tis seldom her favourite passion.
 
Ye powers who preside o’er the wind, and the tide,
  Who markèd each element’s border;        10
Who formed this frame with beneficent aim,
  Whose sovereign statute is order:—
Within this dear mansion, may wayward Contention
  Or witherèd Envy ne’er enter;
May secrecy round be the mystical bound,        15
  And brotherly Love be the centre!
 

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