Free Mason Song

DESCRIPTION: "Come all ye free masons ... And wear a badge of innocence." Noah's ark, the binding of Isaac, Moses on Mt Zion are recounted. St Peter keeps heaven's door "and there's no one to enter in exceptin' they are pure"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1825 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 28(29))
KEYWORDS: nonballad religious
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Dixon-AncientPoemsBalladsSongsOfThePeasantryOfEngland, Poem #9, pp. 39-42, "The Masonic Hymn" (1 text)
Bell-Combined-EarlyBallads-CustomsBalladsSongsPeasantryEngland, pp. 262-263, "The Masonic Hymn" (1 text)
Leach-FolkBalladsSongsOfLowerLabradorCoast 63, "Free Mason Song" (1 text, 1 tune)

ST LLab063 (Partial)
Roud #1179
Bodleian, Harding B 28(29), "Freemason's Song" ("Come all you Freemasons that dwell around the globe"), W. Armstrong (Liverpool), 1820-1824; also Harding B 11(1116), Harding B 25(1232), "A Mason's Song"; Harding B 28(270), Firth b.26(469), "[The] Masonic Hymn"; Harding B 28(139), Harding B 28(10), "A Celebrated Masonic Hymn"; Harding B 11(1638), Harding B 11(563), "The Celebrated Masonic Hymn"; Harding B 25(689), "The Freemason's Hymn"; Harding B 28(240), "The Free Masons Song"; Firth b.25(81), "Free-Mason's Anthem"; Harding B 17(99a), "Freemasons"; Harding B 11(3590), Firth c.21(35)[some illegible words], 2806 c.16(253), Johnson Ballads 2512, Johnson Ballads 2022, 2806 c.17(137), Harding B 15(113b), "Freemason's Song"; Firth b.27(495), "Freemasons' Song"; Harding B 25(1038)[mostly illegible], "Knights Templars of Malta"
cf. "The Bible Story" (themes, lyrics)
cf. "Freemason's Song (II)" (subject, themes)
NOTES [51 words]: The story of Noah's flood is found in Genesis 6-8; Abraham's near-sacrifice of Isaac is in Genesis 22:1-14. Moses never climbed Mount Zion, which is of course *inside* Israel; the reference is to Deuteronomy 34:1-5, where Moses went up Mount Nebo, saw the which the Israelites would possess, and died. - RBW
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