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Q&A on Craft Freemasonry Art and Music – Who was the author of “the Master’s Song”

Who was the author of “the

The author of the Master’s Song (“Here’s to his Health in a Song”) sung at Installations was Richard Rome Bealey, and it first appeared in print in his Field Flowers and City Chimes, a volume of verse printed by John Heywood of Manchester in 1866.

Bealey was born 7th February, 1828, at Rochdale, and was for many years in business in Manchester. He was one of the founders of the Manchester Literary Club when he was living at Crumpsall, and its Secretary from 1865 to 1870. As originally printed, the song was entitled “The Man who is kind another”, and included a fourth verse which has not been reproduced for singing. It was set to music by Dr. John Morgan Bentley, a well-known Manchester musician of repute in his day, and appears to have been first sung in the ,Manchester, about 1875.

Masters Song

1.-Solo:
This world is so hard and so stony;
That if a man is to get through,
He’d need have the courage of Nelson,
And plenty of Job’s patience too.
But a man who is kind to another
And cheerfully helps him along,
God Bless such a man and a brother,
And here’s to his health in a song.
And here’s to his health, here’s to his health
And here’s to his health in a song.

All sing Chorus:
And here’s to his health, here’s to his health
And here’s to his health in a song.

2.-Solo:
This life is as cheerless as Winter,
To those who are cold in the heart;
but a man who is warm in his nature,
Bids Winter for ever depart
The ground that he treads on will blossom,
`Till beauty around him shall throng;
God Bless such a man and a brother,
And here’s to his health in a song.
And here’s to his health; here’s to his health
And here’s to his health in a song.

All sing Chorus
And here’s to his health, here’s to his health
And here’s to his health in a song.

3.-Solo:
As clouds that in sunshine are open,
And silvered by light passing through;
So men who are generous in spirit,
Are blessed by the good deeds they do;
There’s nothing like helping another
For getting one’s own self along;
Who does this is truly a brother.
And here’s to his health in a song.
And here’s to his health; here’s to his health
And here’s to his health in a song.

All standing sing chorus
And here’s to his health, here’s to his health
And here’s to his health in a song.

 

The information  given herein have been reproduced with the kind permission of: The Brethren of Quatuor Coronati Lodge, No 2076