By mason's art, the aspiring dome (Benjamin Cooke)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2023-09-09).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 146 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: By mason's art, the aspiring dome
Composer: Benjamin Cooke
Lyricist: Anonymous
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: ATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1787
Description: A glee for masonic use

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

By mason's art the aspiring dome
In various columns shall arise;
All climates are their native home,
Their god-like actions reach the skies.
Heroes and kings revere their name
And poets sing their deathless fame.

Great, generous, noble, wise and brave
Are titles they most justly claim;
Their deeds shall live beyond the grave
Which babes unborn shall loud proclaim.
Time shall their glorious acts enrol,
Whilst love and friendship charm the soul.