The Templars in Cyprus
Tho child Perfection. Tha nick soul conceit-in:.'
Acta not, whilst effluent from Life's sap ap|iears
Activity. 1 asked if for achieving
This Order, you'd used gold f Tliat metal base
Chokes and contaminates Ix-yond retrieving
Tho fount of noble thought. From lofty rare,
Not causelessly I asked, aro you descended r
High birth's a loan, to spur yon and to brace ;
You'll lay it off what time • our course is ended.
I asked if you had lienn as Priests ordained ?
Bach for sweet works of blessing are intended,
Most unlike ns : tho swordsman's weapon's stained
With slaughter cru ho bless. Lust,—with good cause
1 asked if you were excommunicate ;
The sin-beset contends for Truth's pure laws
With little spirit. Now, when wo heard, with great
Joy for yourselves and us, yon'd passed unshaken
Tho ordeal, gladly was my heart elate.
Yon were found worthy of tho vow you've taken,
Which sworn to at the sacred hour, midnight,
Must never !* through life till death forsaken.
Yo swore obedienco; for tho governing might,
Tlio lover's, must command each whoel-spoko's turning.
One executes, though many co-unite
In work. To curb desire with manful spurning,
Ye swore. Tho Mother-Maid draws near tho pure
Alone, but no voluptuary is earning
Admission to tho hallowed Land—Yo sworo
Assent to Poverty. For wealth withholden
Makes pilgrim-journeys hard to travel o'er;
Tho steel must shine well-polished but not golden.
In holy conflict to wax weary never,
Ye swore moreover, like the Masters olden ;