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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
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Tho Holy Urim-Thummim 1 which mny he named Br the youngest of ns only. Ho is ready. Shall he lend us to-day, Brethren ? MOLAY. Adept, A child is, since so newly corne from Eccing ; Bring then the boy here, that ho us may lead ! [The PRESBYTER goes out, and returns immediately, bringing in a Chorister five years of age, with eyes bandaged, and 2?laces him before MOLAY. MOI.AY (laying hands on the child's head). Tho Lord be with thee ! The OTHERS. And with thy spirit ! MOLAY (To the others, after he has hung PHILIP'S sicord round the Child's neck). Now, Form yourselves in the figure ! Raise the Cross ! 1 The Urim and Thummim worn by the Jewish High Priest inside the breastplate, on his ephod, whenever he went in before the Lord, may probably best le rendered in English as " Light and Perfection ; " by some it has been rendered " Perfect Illumination." Scripture repre-sents it as divinely oracular ; and some have thought the TJrim to reside in the rock-crystal (or diamond) of the breastplate. The old Grand-Commander imagined himself to have seen a vision in the crystal on, or above, tbe altar of Mary (Act VI. Scene 2), in front of which these mysterious proceedings of the Templars are taking place. The high attributes of their mummy or teraph-head, mentioned a little further on, recalls the further scriptural fact that, in some cases of deflection from the established religious order, we find the ephod connected not with the TJrim but with the Tcraphim, which in the day of I-aban, if not earlier, had been conspicuous in Aramaic worship. (Jud. xvii. 5-18, xiv. 20, Hosea iii. 4.) The Tcraphim were probably unauthorized substitutes for the Urim, and used in unholy forms of divination. (Sec " Diet, of the Bible.") Gottfried complains (Act IV.) that they (the Templars) are called Necromancers, and he thinks himself there is something not quite as it should be about their teraph-head. — Trans. 232 THI: TEMPLARS IX CYPRUS. [ACT VI.

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