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FRIEDERICH WERNER The Templars in Cyprus

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FRIEDERICH WERNER
The Templars in Cyprus
page 72



te. II.] TIIK T»MI"LAKJ. IN crr-Ko. My fearful fat»' I will diacloae to theo Or else my heart muat break indeed. Tliat night When I'hili|i'a hireling* barlwrously dragged Me— Prince of tho blood, ami hi* first favourite, Tho only man in all his servile court Who bore him loyal duty dragged mo forth From my wife's side, who then had wrestled through Twelve hours of lalsjur-tmiii My wife who died Two days thereafter with a still-born son !— (A dungeon hold mo when tho ill news came;)— When ou a moro suspicion false and vain, Untried, unacntenced, I was driven forth To cxilo; when, to snm up all, I heard,— In that same moment when at last tho fro-1 Hcnumbcd me, and by hunger overcome I needs must beg for food, that my good son, My only son, my Adalbert, because Ho loved a maid whom the licentious King Had marked down for himself—by hired hands Of murderers had fallen ; then I swore A dreadful oath to fling asido my birth, With my upbringing, rank, nobility, And nothing bo but Man ; nought wonld I bo Hut simply human, so to revel in The full intoxication of revenge, Until I cooled it in tho tyrant's heart ! MOLAY. Philip ! Thou'rt horriblo !


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