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FRIEDERICH WERNER The Templars in Cyprus

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FRIEDERICH WERNER
The Templars in Cyprus
page 241



First "WATCHMAN. He hns. LEADER. (To an ADEPT, handing to him the coffer, after he has placed in it the two books preserved f rom destruction, and care-fully locked everything up.) Thou'lt put tho coffer secretly on board The ship ; thy head stands surety for it ! Tho ADEPT. (As he takes the coffer and hides it under his garment.) Brother, I am Adept ! LEADER. There only now remains One thing. [He pulls out a slide which is in the pede-stal wider Hugo's statue, brings out of the opening thus made apparent a mummy-head crowned and wrapped in a golden veil, and shows it to the Knights. This head. Its twofold portraiture Ye know—the Fallen, as to the wholly blind Wo show it, and the Arisen, as to tho half Illuminate.' I love these mysteries not. They are, how pure soe'er their origin, Tho source of much abuse, which I intend To regulate at our next general Chapter, With others of like nature.—Yet tho veil Is o'er our eyes no longer, and this head Shows ns, without an effigy, tho dear 1 Meaning, apparently, as Baphometus to those without dawn of insight, and as the Arisen Prince of Victory (see Act I. Scene 1) to those with partial insight ; while to the fully illuminate, he shows the relic of tho King,—be he called Solomon, or Hiram, or JJis, or whatever be his Masonic-theosopliic name,—whose glorified essence is the Vision or Idol of the Promised Land, to be sought, till found, by the Pure. (Sec Act V. Scene 2.)—Trans. 23S THE TEMPLARS IN CTPRt'S. [ACT VI.


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