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CHARLES G. ADDISON, ESQ. The history of the Knights Templars, Temple Church, and the Temple

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CHARLES G. ADDISON, ESQ.
The history of the Knights Templars, Temple Church, and the Temple
page 86



ΪΠ Ε ΚΝίαΠΤβ TEMPLARS. 73 of the sacred emblem, and the Hospitallers on the left; and the o™ D* same position was taken up by the two orders in the line of.D . 1172.' a battle.* An eye-witness of the conduet of the Templars in the field tells us that they were always foremost in the fight and the last in the retreat; that they proceeded to battle with the greatest order, silence, and circumspection, and carefully attended to the commands of their Master. When the signal to engage had been given by their chief, and the trumpets of the order sounded to the charge, " then," says he, " they humbly sing the psalm of David, Won nobis, non nobis, Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam, ' Not unto us, not unto us, Ο Lord, but unto thy name give the praise;' and placing their lances in rest, they either break the enemy's line or die. If any one of them should by chance turn back, or bear himself less manfully than he ought, the white mantle, the emblem of their order, is ignominiously stripped off his shoulders, the cross worn by the fraternity is taken away from him, and he is cast out from the fellowship of the brethren ; he is compelled to eat on the ground without a napkin or a table-cloth for the space of one year; and the dogs who gather around him and torment him he is not permitted to drive away. At the expiration of the year, if he be truly penitent, the Master and the brethren restore to him the military girdle and his pristine habit and cross, and receive him again into the fellowship and com munity of the brethren. The Templars do indeed practise the observance of a stern religion, living in humble obedience to their Master, without property, and spending nearly all the days of their lives under tents in the open fields."-^ Such is the picture * Jactde Yitr* Hist. Orient, spud Mortene thesnur. nov. aneedot. torn. iii. col.276, 277. t Narrano Patriarchs llierosorymitani coram anmmo PwrUfice de statu Terrai Snncta:. es M. S. Cod. nigeriano, apud .Varane! thesaur, nov. anecdot, toni, iti. col. 27G, 277.


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