THE MASON'S LADDER. "The principal rounds of which ate Faith, Hope, and Charity." - WEBB. BY MRS. SOPHIA B. OLIVER. - 1857 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.
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