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FRIEDERICH WERNER The Templars in Cyprus

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FRIEDERICH WERNER
The Templars in Cyprus
page 93



00 THE TEMPLAKS IX CYPRUS. Who, by their number, keep in memory that Of Christ nnd his disciples ; they must choose Among our elders him who shall be named Protector of the Temple, and those forms Of eld look down in warning, and preside, That no elector be by lovo or hato Induced to give tho preference to his friend, Over some worthier brother, or to ignore An enemy's deservings. They remind Us all how absolutely needful 'tis Tho Masters' mantle they with glory wore Should never from a. faineant's shoulders hang, Of duty and of honour negligent. When thus the Master by established use Is chos'n, tho Elcctoral-Coinmandcr goes Anew into his Chapter with lib twelve, And to the brethren says : " Beloved Knights, praise Ye Jesu Christ our Lord, and our dear Lady, Because that now, as yo have given command, The Master we have chosen in God's name ? Are yo content with this that we have done ? " And all the brethren say with one accord, " In God's name !" Thereupon the elect thirteen : " Promise yo him obedience, all his life ? " Then all say—" Yes, with God's help, verily." Then The Electoral-Commander speaks unto The eldest Brother in such terms as these : " Commander ! if so be that God and we Have chos'n thee out for Master, dost thou vow True fealty to tho Order all thy life, And maintenance of good morals and good manners ?" Then answers ho, " With God's help, yes ! " The same Questions the Electoral-Commander asks Our ancient Brothers, second, third, and fourth ; And then to the elected Brother goes, Calls him by name, and thus addresses him : " I' the name of God the Father, Son and Spirit, Brother, for Master we have chosen you. Yon stand elected." To the Brethren then Says, " Knights belov'd and Brothers, thank ye God ! Behold the Master ! " These words said, at once


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