The Templars in Cyprus
I go to France. Yon, some of you stay here.—
Pure though our meaning be, our duty is,
To arm ourselves with foresight, and cxposo
To Knvy's sight no least weak point whereby
Contempt might be upon our Order thrown.
Therefore by counsel of tho enlightened three,
Who in tho Temple nrc, besides ourselves,
Adept,—Prior Guido, Peter of Boulogne,
Adam of Valinconrt—and in the namo
Of fourteen Masters who, outside tho Temple,
Aro yet Adept upon tho earth's expanse,—
I am minded to commit unto the flames
Some several of those writings which reveal
Tho Order's secrets and might servo to feed
Tho envious ill-will of tho enemy.
Tho Brothers three, already named, at Paris,
Aro of like mind ; theso letters arc from them.
[lie gives to each of the three eldest WATCHMEN a letter; theij give the writings bach to him after looking them over.
You, too, deliberately I ask again,
Do you approve it ?
First WATCHMAN. Under the condition Tho Holy Things be not destroyed, wo do !
(liaising the flagstone of a vault which lies before Hugo's statue, and bringing up a chest from the cavity that is beneath it, and placing it on the ground.)
Stored in this coffer aro tho Order's books.
(To one of the younger ADEPTS, after he has opened the box.)
Brother, their titles read !1
1 Sir Gerard do Caus gave information, according to the French tction-at-law concerning the investigation decreed against the Order, that Molay previously to his leaving Cyprus, burnt the most important documents of the Order, and look some of them with him.—Trans.
THE TEMPLARS IN CYPRUS.