The Mason's Ladder


"The principal rounds of which ate Faith, Hope, and
Charity." - WEBB.


Based on earth, the Mason's ladder
         Reacheth upward to the sky;
Every round a star of glory,
         Watch'd by the "All-seeing eye."
Mounting ever, and descending
         Lo! The bright angelic throng,
Seen in Jacob's radiant vision
         Move those shining steps along.

On the first round there standeth
         Pointing upward to the skies,
Faith - the eagle-eyed, the trustful,
         Bidding man from earth arise;
Telling him to shake his garments
         From their travel-stains and dust,
And to raise a soul immortal
         To the mansions of the Just.

Higher up, with smile benignant,
         Hope, the seraph, cheers him on,
Sings along of joy and triumph
         In a high exultant tone;
Lends to him her vigorous pinions
         When he wearies on the road,
Helps him to ascend the ladder
         Reaching to the throne of God.

On the highest round, with glory
         Flooding her angelic face,
Charity, the fairest, purest,
         Stands in all her virgin grace.
Lo! her spotless hand she reacheth
         To the child of earth and sin,
Thrown o'er him her radiant mantle,
         Open the door and lets him in.