The North Carolina Mason

March/April 2019

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March/April 2019 The North Carolina Mason Page 3 Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o' the puddin-race! Aboon them a' ye tak your place, Painch, tripe, or thairm: Weel are ye wordy o' a grace As lang's my arm. Good luck to you and your honest, plump face, Great chieftain of the pudding race! Above them all you take your place, gut, stomach-lining, or intestine, You're well worth a grace as long as my arm. — Robert Burns, Address to a Haggis Sophia #767 throws Robert Burns a party N othing says happy birthday like a heaping helping of haggis, a blast of bagpipe and tons of tartan. e brothers of Sophia #767 did beloved poet Robert Burns proud on Jan. 26 – 260 years and one day to the day the prolific "Ploughman Poet" who wrote Auld Lang Syne was born. ere were toasts and responses, toasts and singing, toasts and laughter, and, well … more toasts. Clad in tartan and wool, the brothers, their bonnie lasses and friends honored their Scottish hero with a glamourous night at the historic Rowan Museum in Salisbury. He is beloved within the Craft, which he joined at the age of 22. Scholars say Masonic rules and traditions strongly influenced and appeared in his writings. "For Burns, Freemasonry was a compound of mysticism and conviviality," writes World Burns Club Member Todd J. Wilkinson. Masonic lodges around the world celebrate his birth every year; this was a first for Sophia Lodge. Tartan-clad brothers go all out for Robbie Burns' birthday at a special event in Salisbury. Photos by Beth Grace and Mike Harding.

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