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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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» We've iworn no much to Christendom !—Hat enough Of this ' How pleeuteth yon this hall ? FkUNK. When one Has left IK hind tho Chapel'a holy dank, And grand solemnity of choral chanta, And seen, in tho refectory's bright array Of garnished tables, well illustrated The varied aspect of onr daily life, Then is it well in this grand hall to view Such tender blend inga of tho grave and gay, Together interfused with matchless skill. The eye might fancy in these jitsjcr forms. That gleam so grandly from tho marble's blue, It saw the eternal Temple manifest, And in tho azure of high Heaven beheld,— Irradiant in tho Holicst's glorious light,— All noble souls, to their lost nature true, Who to high Duty wholly gavo themselves. COMMAM:K. You read aright.—Around this hall they stand, Tho illustrious Temple-Order's holy saints, Tho Masters' sculptured forms from first to last, Undannted leaders in tho work they loved. In this same hall, when any Master dies. His successor tho elect thirteen must choose,' Thin n the old typical nnmher, twelve, with in head, or thirteenth, which, beginning with the Sun and 12 Zodiacal signs, is repeated throughout the world's history i as in the 12 hours of the night assigned to (Hint as hi* companions and assessors, and personifying gods at whose bead was Horus the rising Sun : ss in the hero of the Babylonian epic, Izdnbar, anil his 12 great adventures : in Hercules the Sun-God and his 12 labours : in the Council of 12 of the Areopagus, under which were betide* subordinate councils of 12; in the legend of Alexander and his 12 Chedcrt i in Odin and his council of twelve i in the 12 satyrs or wild men, appointed by the witch Kalyb to accompany St- George i in Arthur and his 12 Knights i in Charlemagne with his 12 peers, down to the electoral Chapter of the Temple with its Chief. This number was also chosen by the Sun of Kighteousnesa to be that of his Apostles. However, in Art VI. Scene 2, which deals with (he innermost ineffable mysteries of the Order, the number of persons engaged with them is brought down to the more deeply mystical number seven.—Tnuu.

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