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FRIEDERICH WERNER The Templars in Cyprus

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FRIEDERICH WERNER
The Templars in Cyprus
page 99



TUE TEMPLARS IS CTPRDS. [ACT III. FRANK (going up to another statue). And now tins other, with tho cockle-hat, And pilgrim staff ?— COMMANDER. Tho seventh he ; Andrew Of Montbarri, to great Saint Bernard kin, Who loved him dearly and foretold to him His dignity as Templar. Thus he wrote: " You 6ay, perhaps, with Jacob—nought had I Beside this staff when I o'er Jordan passed, And now I lead three bands."—It camo to pass As said. He who a needy pilgrim camo To join the Order, was our Temple's Master, And nought ashamed to own his former life Of indigence, chose thus to bo portrayed. For then 'twas to a Christian's praise to rise By self-exertion from his lowliness. Now, if some David, of a thousand, lift Himself above the Throne, or under it, He gilds with tinsel-gold his ehepherd-pouch, That in the rank may be forgot tho man. FRANK. So was the nephew of the uncle worthy ! COMMANDER. Thus, by his uncle's fatherly advice, Became he Templar, and no prince's thrall. " Woo to our Princes ! " Bernard wrote to him, They bring to pass no good thing in God's land, But follow rapine and iniquity. What power they have they put to evil nso ; Tho good they might do, understand they not.1 FRAXK. I hope with some exceptions. COMMANDER. Yes, God mend it ! 1 To those who know the history of tho Order, it is superfluous to remark, that all these traits, together with the above description of the Masters' Election, are in accordance with historical facts.


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