History of Antietam National Cemetery (Masons - page 29)
The Grand Marshal then presents the Cup of Wine to the Senior Grand Warden, who pours it on the Stone.
The Grand Marshal then presents the Cup of Oil to the Junior Grand Warden, who pours it on the Stone.
Grand Master. May the All-Bounteous Author of Nature bless the inhabitants of this country with all the necessary conveniences and comforts of life, assist in the erection and completion of this Monument, protect the workmen against every accident, and long preserve this structure from decay—so that it may stand in all its beauty long after the bodies of those deposited here shall have crumbled into sepulchral dust; and finally grant us all a supply of the Corn of Nourishment, the Wine of Refreshment, and the Oil of Joy.
So mote it be.—Amen.
The Grand Master then delivers over the various implements of architecture to the principal Architect, saying :
WORTHY SIR.—Having thus, as Grand Master of Masons of the State of Maryland, laid the Corner-Stone of this structure, I now deliver these implements of your profession into your hands, intrusting you with the superintendence and direction of the work, having full confidence in your skill and capacity to conduct the same.
Placed in form the Corner-Stone,
True and Trusty, Brothers own,
Come and bring in thought sincere,
Hands to help, and hearts to cheer.
Chorus.—Come and bring, &c.
Marked with love, the Master's will
Kindly proved the work of skill-
Beauteous forms in grace shall rise
'Neath the arch of favoring skies.
Chorus.—Beauteous forms, &c.
Join we now our offering true
While our homage we renew ;
Bear to Him whose praise we sing
Thanks that from each bosom spring.
Chorus.—Bear to Him, &c.
When on Earth our work is o'er,
Be a dearer life in store,
Each in form, in heart upright,
Taught by Truth's unerring light.
Chorus.—-Each in form, &c.
BENEDICTION, BY THE GRAND CHAPLAIN.
Maryland. Board of Trustees of the Antietam National Cemetery.
Washington County Free Library.
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J.W. Woods, printer, Baltimore
Antietam National Cemetery; United States History, Civil War, 1861-1865, Registers of dead.
Washington County, Md; 1862-1869.