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MASONIC BIOGRAPHIES
FAMOUS FREEMASONS
GOETHE
The Masonic Shield
Die Zukunst decket, by Johann Goethe, was translated into English by Thomas Carlyle in 1843.
The future hides in it
Gladness and sorrow;
We press still thorow,-
Naught that abides in it
Daunting us-onward.
And solemn before us,
Veiled the dark portal;
Goal of all mortal:-
Stars silent rest o'er us,
Graves under us silent!
While earnest thou gazest,
Comes body of terror,
Comes phantasm of error;
Perplexes the bravest
With doubt and misgiving.
But heard are the voices,
Heard are the sages,
The worlds, and the ages:
"Choose well; your choice is
Brief, and yet endless.
"Here eyes do regard you
In eternity’s stillness,
Here is all fulness,
Ye brave, to reward you;
Work, and despair not."

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