Orange and Blue
DESCRIPTION: "When Brethren are met in orders so grand, What a beautiful sight for to view." Singer describes his induction, in code. But, "what a shameful disgrace on a lodge it doth bring To see Brethren each other subdue." Join "in defence of the Orange and Blue"
EARLIEST DATE: 1987 (OrangeLark)
KEYWORDS: ritual religious
REFERENCES (1 citation):
OrangeLark 34, "Orange and Blue" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. "The Grand Templar's Song" (Masonic symbolism) and references there
NOTES: OrangeLark: "Another much used song which has the effect of stirring the blood of those who sing it."
"Orange and blue were William III's colours, and they are still borne by the Orange lodges of Ireland, by which means they have become strongly associated with an anti-catholic spirit" (source: "Party Colours" quoted from Chambers' Journal in Littell's Living Age (Boston, 1873 ("Digitized by Google")), Fifth Series, Vol. I, p. 819).
"The cause it is good, and the men they are true, And the green shall outlive both the Orange and Blue!" (source: Samuel Lover, editor, Lyrics of Ireland (London, 1858 ("Digitized by Google")), p. 284, "When Erin First Rose"). - BS
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