The Templars in Cyprus
For her own tears, for her own comforting ! God bo her comforter, good mistress !)
ADALBERT (recollecting himself). Yes !—When I left St. Koch's hospital I fonnd our llumbert waiting at the door, And then the enigma terribly was solved !
PHILIP (with ever-increasing curiosity).
ADALBERT. NogaretV paid assassins dealt the blow That laid me low !
PHILIP. Oh, my presentiment !
Not satisfied with working thine undoing,
Nor with my mother's death, tho villain thought
To extirpate the last of the Anjous,
The solo remaining scion, of that great tree.
Tho King's lust smoothed for him the way thereto
For Philip Augustus, the crowned profligate,
Had long cast eyes of covetous desire
On her, my bride, of angel-purity ;
But I stood in his way. Nor wist he how
To reach mo with the sharp sword of the law,
Though well the crafty Chancellor Nogaret
Was skilled to wield it. So, to gain this end,
A murderous pack must needs bo slipped on me
To slay me on the threshold of my bliss,
And for the royal villain smooth a way
To my beloved Agnes, by my death.
He could not compass it. His deadliest foe
1 Chancellor, and principal minister of Philip IV.— Trans.
THK TEMPLARS IN CVI'KCS.