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Monument (Variation 4)
Time and the Virgin
BURIAL PLACE The burial place of a Master Mason is under the Holy of Holies, with the following legend delineated on the monument:-A virgin weeping over a broken column, with a book open before her; in her right hand a sprig of cassia, in her left an urn; Time standing behind her, with his hands enfolded in the ringlets of her hair. The weeping virgin denotes the unfinished state of the temple : the broken column that one of the principal supporters of Masonry (H.A.B.) has fallen; the open book implies that his memory is recorded in every Mason’s heart; the sprig of cassia refers to the discovery of his remains; the urn shews that his ashes have been carefully collected, and Time standing behind her implies that time, patience, and perseverance will accomplish all things. [page 445]
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Illustrated History and Cyclopedia of Freemasonry. Robert Macoy. Masonic Publishing Co., New York: 1896. Illust. on p. 444, No artist attributed.
(3 1/4" x 5 1/4" printed size) Also see The True Masonic Chart.... Jeremy L. Cross. New York : Masonic Publishing and Manufacturing Co., 1866. p. 117.

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