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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 183

To-morrow will take ship bound for Poicticrs, Whereby wo shall—Fate favouring our intent,— Securely reach tho Templar-llonse at Paris, And bring a greoting to my brother Philip.' CIIARLOT. The good men with tho Acolytes arc here. MOLAY. Let them como in, and call tho Chaplain back. [Exit CiiARLOr. Enter FRANK ami ADALBERT dressed as before, who take their position before the Masters chair, facing him. The COMMANDER ami MARSHAL of the Order, who come in be-hind them, at once take their former places. FRANK (to MOLAY). Sir ! we are come as suppliants to pray, Here, before God and you and all the Knights, For love of God and of our Lady dear, Your leave to join your confraternity, And share in all the Order's holy work, As men who henceforth are resolved to bo The Order's slaves and soldiers all their lives. MOLAY (to the Acolytes). Dear brothers, 'tis a solemn thing you ask Who do but see the Order's outer shell : Ay ! but tho outer shell !—When yo behold Our splendid steeds and brilliant equipage, Seo that we cat well, drink well, well are clad, Ye dream, that ye shall profit being with us, Yet know not how severe the inner rule ; 'Twero hard for you, being your own masters now, To make yourselves the slaves of other wills ; For scarcely shall ye licence find to do Or leave undone, those things yourselves would wish. Would you remain on land this side tho sea, You'll be sent over to tho other side ; ' Meaning King Philip the Fair, whom the Master, having princely rank, styles his brother. 180 TUK TEMPLARS IN CYPRUS. [ACT Y.

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