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FRIEDERICH WERNER The Templars in Cyprus


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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The Templars in Cyprus
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G-l THE TEMPLARS IX CYPRUS. [ACT II. PHILIP. If thon should'st loso tho game— MOLAY. 'Tis never lost "When horn of faith and courage. Whether I Be called to play the gamo out, or another, Is matter of no moment. PHILIP. Yet bethink thee ! While yet it stands within thy choice. MOLAY. Say, friend ! If with the high I may tho low compare, Stood it not also in tho Martyr's choice, Not to havo suffered for the truth ho own'd ? Uncertain is the strife, but our defeat Not yet assured. Still fairly may I hope To see perfidiousness succumb beforo Our righteous cause. The Order's holy rule, My silver'd head, my very linen mantle,1— The purple's brother—safely guards my breast From every thunder-bolt. E'en should it strike, It cannot rob me of my firm belief The seed my labour sowed will fructify !— Thrice blest who falls a willing sacrifice In duty's cause !—Yet [His head, hitherto erect, droops, and he folds his hand*. Might I reach my goal !— PHILIP. The goal of labour ? Dost thou yet believe In that ?—Deluded man ! see yon small snake, So iris-hued !—With upward darts and shoots, She seems to aim at reaching the high sun ; Poor fool, she sees a fluttering in tho blue, ' The white mantle of tho Templars was a regular monastic habit, having the red cross on the left breast ; it was worn over armour, and could be looped up in battle.— Tram.

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