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FRIEDERICH WERNER The Templars in Cyprus

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FRIEDERICH WERNER
The Templars in Cyprus
page 118



I.] Till TIMI-1.ABJ 1» CTmC». To shred* tho web we fondly dreamt we'd spun To last for ever-more. Oonvitio. Vet none the leaa il in is tho inoulilor of his destiny 1 It' • ni IT. Impotent being ! Can'st comprehend tho word* Th) lips rejieat ?— Haa that old myth of Force And frc« \ olition, which at tho atom mock*, Ainl at annihilation, and which drivea Hy lawa methodical the car of fate, Re-echoed o'on to theo? Drcam'it thon indeed, Th i mol•-. nlo! that thou and men liko thee, And tenfold better men than thou or I, Could by a hair-breadth'a up-lee avail to turn Tho wheel of fate from ita eternal track ? I too have had such dream*; but terrible Haa been my wakening ! Seo our Order !—lo ! How many thousands Ins it sacrificed To further its high aim—And is it won, That Promised Iand ?—Heboid our Master's hair Grown grey ! tho fruit of vigils of tho night, Of days spent fighting, of an ardent heart Broken, though never cooled from its desire. Sixty long years that noble heart has beat In rain, and his creation's but a fair Illusion, dreamt of by his lovely soul ; It dies with him ! In Tain will pilgrim seek, Years hence, tho spot where sleeps tho noblo dust. GOTTFRIED (vmrwiHj). Yet has tho Christian meed of heavenly joy ; And in his flesh he shall behold the Lord. RORFRT. In flesh !—Good luck upon tho journey then ! Thou'st but to stow it on tho Angel's back Who to eternal glory bears thee off.— And may thv most delightful memories Of precious hours when, at refection time, Thou hast enjoyed good cheer, or groomed thy mare


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