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FESTIVE BOARD
FURTHER RESEARCH
HISTORY OF
THE FINAL TOAST

OTHER LECTURES
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The final toast
by Bro. Peter Richardson, Calcutta 1852.

1. Are your glasses charged in the West and South, the
Worshipful Master cries;
They're charged in the West, They're charged in the South,
are the Warden's prompt replies;
Then to our final toast tonight your glasses fairly drain
"Happy to meet - Sorry to part - Happy to meet again!"
Chorus: Happy to meet - Sorry to part - Happy to meet again,
Oh, Happy to meet again!"
2. The Mason's social brotherhood around the festive board,
Reveal a wealth more precious far than selfish miser's
hoard —
They freely share the priceless stores that generous hearts
contain —
"Happy to meet - Sorry to part - Happy to meet again!"
3. We work like Mason's free and true, and when our task is
done,
A merry song and cheering glass are not unduly won;
And only at our farewell pledge is pleasure touched with
pain —
"Happy to meet - Sorry to part - Happy to meet again!"
4. Amidst our mirth we drink "To all poor Masons o'er the
world" —
On every shore our flag of love is gloriously unfurled,
We prize each brother, fair or dark, who bears no moral stain —
"Happy to meet - Sorry to part - Happy to meet again!"
5. The Mason feels the noble truth the Scottish peasant told
That rank is but the guinea's stamp, the man himself's the
gold,
With us the rich and poor unite and equal rights maintain —
"Happy to meet - Sorry to part - Happy to meet again!"
6. Dear Brethren of the Mystic Tie, the night is waning fast —
Our duty's done - our feast is o'er - this song must be
our last: —
"Good night." "Good night" - once more, once more repeat
the festive strain —
"Happy to meet - Sorry to part - Happy to meet again!"

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