Always Hail, Ever Conceal and Never Reveal

Strange yes?  Think about that for a second.

I will always say hi, for ever hide and under no circumstance tell you ….

Does that even make sense?  Sure, conceal and reveal used in the manner in which they are make sense.  But hail?  No way.  There has to be a different meaning.  Turns out there is:

See, Hail ain’t hail.  Hail is hele.

The word in question is often spelled “hele.” It originates from an old English root “helan.” Somner’s Saxon-Latin-English Dictionary (1659) has “helan=celare, tegere-to hide, to cover, to heale, and hence in many places a coverlet is called ‘a hylling.'”

The word goes back.  Waaayy back. 

It’s earliest use in this sense is around 1200.

Knowing that what we’re saying isn’t hail but hele is interesting AND important.  But to me, more important than even that is the first masonic use of the word:

 “… he can hele the councelle [=counsel] of his felows in logge [=lodge] and in chambere….”

The date?

“hele” is found in the Cooke MS. (c. 1400-1410) for the first time

Could it be that Free Masonry has been around for more than 300 years than we are led to believe?

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