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FRIEDERICH WERNER The Templars in Cyprus

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FRIEDERICH WERNER
The Templars in Cyprus
page 79



re THE TEMPLARS IN C Y FBI'S. [ACT II. NOFFO. "What boots it quarrelling o'er the Kmjicror's beard ? 1 Tell us some news, fat bald-pate, that wo may Have something fresh to vegetate upon In our too quiet cell ; for wanting that One yawns one's lifo away, from sheer ennui. CHAPLAIN. News ?—What ?—You surely must havo heard the story, Known in the stablo to the grooms already ? NOFFO. Story ?—-What story ?— CHAPLAIN. That the Holy Father, Who now presideth o'er tho Church's weal At Poictiers, bids the Master join him there. PRIOR. We knew no syllable on't CHAPLAIN. Is't possible ? NOFFO. Ay, truly. In this thrice accursed hole, No note of Fame's hoarse trumpet penetrates. PRIOR. And what's the motive of this invitation ? CHAPLAIN. To talk about a new Crusade, for which 1 German Proverb.—I'm des Kaisers Bart streiten, or spiclen. . It was a disputed question whether Charlemagne ought to be repre-sented with a beard or without. This proverb has its equivalent in all the languages of Europe.— Trant.


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