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FRIEDERICH WERNER The Templars in Cyprus

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FRIEDERICH WERNER
The Templars in Cyprus
page 139



Stern Destiny reminds thee of thine oath. The law's austerity expels thee forth The Order—takes perhaps thy liberty For ever from thee. Wilt thou, valiant Robert, Practise renunciation, self-surrender ?— ROIIERT. I will—(whilst he represses the springing tears). Forgive my manhood's last revolt ! I will observe mine oath ! MOLAY. To-morrow morn I go to France. Thou stayest in prison here— What wilt thou do ? ROBERT. I will obey, renounce ! MOLAY. The general Chapter yet may abrogate Thy life-imprisonment, give thee freedom back ; Yet even this will scarcely profit thee, For, as an outcast Templar-Knight, thou'lt bo A'by-word to all people, high and low !— And what, poor Robert, wilt thou turn to then ? ROBERT. Pfoud in my rectitude, in deserts wild I'll scorn the judgment of a foolish world! MOLAT. Should that be all thy brothers and mankind May hope from thee ?—Robert ! 'twas thy desire To garner joy for me ! — ROBERT. Can I do so ? MOLAT. Robert ! this day I tell thee once for all 136 THE TEMPLARS IX CYPRUS. [ACT IV.


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