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FRIEDERICH WERNER The Templars in Cyprus

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FRIEDERICH WERNER
The Templars in Cyprus
page 191



and ADAI.RKRT ajyproach the seat of the MASTKH and sit down at his feet, upon a carpet spread beneath his chair. MOLAY (reading out of a botde which has been handed to him by a Knight). Now sit, and let the words I speak thrill through you ; And if your heart of hearts observe them meetly, Tho Temple will its doors throw open to you. You now aro with the Order joined completely, Which many great things has begun with power, Broods greater yet within her soul, discreetly. But not yet breaks the mist in clearing shower j The red Cross casts its gleam athwart midnight, But pales before the sun's full noontide hour. And all you've heard to-day, your souls with might Subduing, wells from that source, puro and holy, The parent, in this world, of warm delight. But not yet grows your darkness clear, for slowly Wears out the night ; only tho lightning's blazes Aro brief and swift ; therefore not yet ye wholly, Of all that, heard this day, your soul amazes, Can penetrate the innermost foundation ; But I'll make plain to you my ntter'd phrases. When first before my chair yo took your station, I asked if you were married yet, you noted : Here no wife's husband meets with acceptation, For him God hath to one alone devoted, While wo but seek the Great, Pure, Unaffected By Recompense ; for man's proof-armour-coated Only by sacrifice. Were you connected With other league, I asked. Our Cross demandeth From all its devotees a heart deflected To unshared union with it. I asked, commandeth Some layman you as debtor ? Subjugated Is borrower to lender. Here none standeth Accepted, unless free. Nor, enervated By sickness, bodily or mental, nears This altar any man ; this instigated My fourth demand ; because 'tis strength that rears 18S TIIK TKMPI.ARS IX CYPRUS. [ACT V.


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