Table of Contents

Carl Claudy
  1. The Book On The Altar
  2. The Road
  3. Each In His Own Tongue

  4. Carl Claudy Biography


The Book On The Altar

At the Meuzzin's call for prayer
The kneeling faithful thronged the square;
Amid a monastery's weeds,
An old Franciscan told his beads,
While on Pushkara's lofty height
A dark priest chanted Brahma's might,
While to the synagogue there came
A Jew, to praise Jehovah's Name.
The One Great God looked down and smiled
And counted each His loving child;
For Turk and Brahmin, monk and Jew
Had reached Him through the gods they knew.

If we reach Him in Masonry,
it makes little difference by what sacred name we arrive.

The Christian-centric tone of this poem seems at odds with Claudy's oft-expressed acceptance of other religious traditions, as expressed by the poems before and after it.
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The Road

So many men before thy Altars kneel
Unthinkingly, to promise brotherhood:
So few remain, humbly to kiss thy rood
With ears undeafened to thy mute appeal;
So many find thy symbols less than real
Their teachings mystic, hard to understand;
So few there are, in all thy far flung band
To hold thy banner high and draw thy steel.

And yet immortal and most mighty, Thou!
What hath thy lore of life, to let it live?
What is the vital spark, hid in thy vow?
Thy millions learned, as thy dear paths they trod,
The secret of the strength thou hast to give;
"I am a way of common men to God."

An Expansion On Carruth's

Each In His Own Tongue

Many men, banded together
Standing where Hiram stood;
Hand to back of the falling,
Helping in brotherhood.
Wise man, doctor, lawyer,
Poor man, man of the hod,
Many call it Masonry
And others call it God.

Carl Harry Claudy (1879-1957)

Carl Claudy, was one of America's most noteworthy Masonic authors. Born Jan. 13, 1879 in Washington, D.C., in 1898 the adventuresome 19-year-old youth was a prospector and pioneer in Alaska. He was raised in Harmony Lodge No. 17, Washington, D.C., in 1908, serving as Master in 1932 and Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia in 1943. A 33, he was active in both the Scottish and York Rites. Most Worshipful Claudy was the Executive Secretary of the Masonic Service Association from 1929 to his passing on May 27, 1957.

During his lifetime he wrote a great variety of things: Plays, among them and The Rose Upon the Altar; novels, such as the Masonic The Lion's Paw; numerous books on Freemasonry, particularly An Introduction To... each of the degrees, and The Master's Book, a manual for new Lodge Worshipful Masters; essays; and about 350 "Short Talk Bulletins". Most uncredited STBs during his term were by him. His popular essays were collected in The Old Past Master and The Old Tiler Talks and other collections.

Outside of Masonry, he also wrote science fiction adventure serials for American Boy magazine, some of which were also published as novels; and DC Comic's early super-hero title, All-American Comics. He served as editor for a number of special-interest publications: American Inventor from 1900-04; Prism, 1908-09; Cathedral Calendar, 1921-27. He wrote books about aviation, photography, and baseball.

A detailed compendium of his birth, education, and work was written by Brother Laurence R. Taylor, editor of The Indiana Freemason, under the title Portrait of a Master Mason.