The Beehive

The Beehive is an emblem of industry, and recommends the practice of that virtue to all created beings.

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From its busy inmates man may profitably take an example of thrift and providence.

Man was formed for active and social life; and he who will not endeavour to add to the common stock of knowledge may be deemed a drone in the hive of nature, a useless member of society, and unworthy of the care and protection of the hive.

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[paraphrased from Ritual Cipher
of The Grand Lodge of the Most Ancient and Honorable Society
of Free and Accepted Masons for the State of New Jersey, 1967]

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