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William of Tyre
Guy de Lusignan becomes a regent
translated by James Brundage
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I have said that the Count took this burden upon himself rashly, for this reason: that he did not carefully appraise his own strength in comparison to the obligation that he assumed. His strength and his prudence were not equal to the intolerable burden which he placed upon his shoulders He was not familiar enough with the gospel saying in which it is suggested that the man who wishes to build a tower should first sit down and count the cost to see if he has sufficient strength to complete it, lest lie fail and hear it said, "Here is a man who began to build and could not finish his building."'

This text is part of the Internet Medieval Source Book.

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