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FRIEDERICH WERNER The Templars in Cyprus


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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The Templars in Cyprus
page 163

ACT V. SCENE I. Midnight. Interior of the Church of the Order. Behind is a far perspective of altars and Gothic pillars. Towards the right side of the foreground, a small Chapel, and hi it an altar with the statue of St. Sebastian. The scene is dimly lighted by a lamp hanging in front of the altar. FRANK OF BRIKNNI (Clad entirely in white, without doublet and mantle). HERE must I wait ?—How from tho lofty dome Each footstep that I take reverberates down E'en to the cavernous dwellings of the dead,— Safe home of hearts that suffer pain no moro !— Mine only beats—(I almost hear it throb) In this terrific stillness of tho tomb ; For those who lie beneath now breathe no more ; They rest in dissolution's long, long sleep ! (Pause.) Hark ! something moves !—'tis but the pendulum That sounds with hollow beat from tho tower-clock. Its stroko is calm, yet never ceasing, e'en Like Fate. Beneath it hearts may break or glow Exultant ; neither troubles it ! One, two, Three, four, five, six—like blows which iron death Deals with his hammer on our hearts, thereby To stamp on them remembrance of the path From which there is no possible return !— Me will he lead to light's eternal source, Or draw me downward to the dark abyss ? [Pause. The tower-clock strikes twice. Half-past eleven !—one only half-hour moro,

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