The Templars in Cyprus
THE TEMPLAKS IX CYPRUS.
Who, by their number, keep in memory that
Of Christ nnd his disciples ; they must choose
Among our elders him who shall be named
Protector of the Temple, and those forms
Of eld look down in warning, and preside,
That no elector be by lovo or hato
Induced to give tho preference to his friend,
Over some worthier brother, or to ignore
An enemy's deservings. They remind
Us all how absolutely needful 'tis
Tho Masters' mantle they with glory wore
Should never from a. faineant's shoulders hang,
Of duty and of honour negligent.
When thus the Master by established use
Is chos'n, tho Elcctoral-Coinmandcr goes
Anew into his Chapter with lib twelve,
And to the brethren says : " Beloved Knights, praise
Ye Jesu Christ our Lord, and our dear Lady,
Because that now, as yo have given command,
The Master we have chosen in God's name ?
Are yo content with this that we have done ? "
And all the brethren say with one accord,
" In God's name !" Thereupon the elect thirteen :
" Promise yo him obedience, all his life ? "
Then all say—" Yes, with God's help, verily." Then
The Electoral-Commander speaks unto
The eldest Brother in such terms as these :
" Commander ! if so be that God and we
Have chos'n thee out for Master, dost thou vow
True fealty to tho Order all thy life,
And maintenance of good morals and good manners ?"
Then answers ho, " With God's help, yes ! " The same
Questions the Electoral-Commander asks
Our ancient Brothers, second, third, and fourth ;
And then to the elected Brother goes,
Calls him by name, and thus addresses him :
" I' the name of God the Father, Son and Spirit,
Brother, for Master we have chosen you.
Yon stand elected." To the Brethren then
Says, " Knights belov'd and Brothers, thank ye God !
Behold the Master ! " These words said, at once