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FRIEDERICH WERNER The Templars in Cyprus

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FRIEDERICH WERNER
The Templars in Cyprus
page 97



TUF. TEMI'LARS IN Cïl'KCS. [ACT III. That two must rido together on one horse,1 And so 'tis graven on the Order's seal— FRANK (ttill lingering by Ihe pedestal). And now, this other bust r" 'Twould seem a monk, Although his open mouth, his fiery eyes Seem half from the old Roman Cicero, And half from Kaiser Karl tho Great derived. COMMANDER. That is tho pious and most eloquent Abbot of Clairvaux.1 FRANK. Ha ! is that indeed Tho holy Bernard ! COMMANDER. None but he. At Troycs, At tho Church Council, ho himself drew out Tho Order's holy Rule ; on Hugo's breast He hung the Order's habit, tho mantle whito With the red Cross. Much he rejoiced that we, Few as we were, were willed to consecrate Our life-blood to defend the holy tomb Whoso rescue was his only dream, himself Forgot. To those Princes and Lords impelled, By God's voico in him, forth to tho Crusade, Ho ns commended, and the Patriarch's soul Impressed that he should open all his heart To these preservers of tho Church. (Pointing to the two others next in order on the pedestal of the statues.) 1 The emblem of a winged horse, which is seen all over the Temple-Church, is thought to be the time-corrupted image of the two Templars on one horse. This, at least, is one interpellation. Hut, knowing how largely tbe Crusaders flooded Europe with myths of tho Orient, wo may, with equal fairness, sec in it the "Winged Horse of Kurdistan " (recog-nized by the Greeks as Pegasus), of which St, George's horse of mira-culous velocity was, no doubt, the antitype.—Trans. * Clairvaulx is situate among the woods near Bar-sur-Aube in Champagne. Bernard its Abbot became in many ways tho oracle of Europe; he chiefly shone in the proclamation of the second Crusade. His preaching was a triumph of eloquence and zeal.—Trans.


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