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Originally published in the 1920s by Oliver Day Street, Symbolism of the Three Degrees completely elucidates the symbolism of Freemasonry in three volumes:
The author proceeds upon the principle, ignored by so many, that Masonic symbols should have a Masonic interpretation, as determined by the history and teaching of the Craft. This saves him the trouble, and his readers the weariness, of wandering through the mazes of ancient lore in quest of imaginary meanings of symbols to which the Craft has given, tacitly or officially, its own interpretation. The comparative study of symbols, to say nothing of their varied, meanings and migrations, is another subject, and is beyond the limits and purpose of this book.
Symbolism of the Three Degrees will be welcomed by the Craft as a practical and competent elucidation of its symbolism, and it is an honor to the M.S.A. (Masonic Service Association) to give it a worthy and permanent form.