A Historic Review of the Order of the Knights Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes, and Malta: With a Clear and Authoritative Account of the Order's Founding, Its Marvelous Achievements Throughout Centuries, Its Kinship and Co-operation with the Knights of the Temple, Together with an Illuminating Survey of the Movements of Nations and Their Religious Impulses and Prejudices
Malta publishing Company, 1922 - 260 pages
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Page 44 - Truth, crushed to earth, shall rise again; The eternal years of God are hers; But Error, wounded, writhes in pain, And dies among his worshippers.
Page 97 - ... with themselves. The dignity of their birth was preserved by pure and equal alliances ; their sons alone, who could produce four quarters, or lines of ancestry, without spot or reproach, might legally pretend to the honour of knighthood ; but a valiant plebeian was sometimes enriched and ennobled by the sword, and became the father of a new race. A single knight could impart, according to his judgment, the character which he received; and the warlike sovereigns of Europe derived more glory from...
Page 170 - Crosse he bore, The deare remembrance of his dying Lord, For whose sweete sake that glorious badge he wore, And dead, as living, ever him ador'd : Upon his shield the like was also scor'd, For soveraine hope which in his helpe he had.
Page 98 - As the champion of God and the ladies (I blush to unite such discordant names), he devoted himself to speak the truth; to maintain the right; to protect the distressed...
Page 97 - ... or soldier, was confined to the gentlemen " who served on horseback and were invested with the character of knighthood. The dukes and counts, who had usurped the rights of sovereignty, divided the provinces among their faithful barons: the barons distributed among their vassals the fiefs or benefices of their jurisdiction; and these military...
Page 253 - One to destroy, is murder by the law ; And gibbets keep the lifted hand in awe ; To murder thousands, takes a specious name, War's glorious art, and gives immortal fame.
Page 91 - With the eye of a spirit I look on that shore, Where pilgrim and prophet have lingered before ; With the glide of a spirit I traverse the sod Made bright by the steps of the angels of God.
Page 18 - And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, all the days of Solomon.
Page 195 - Hassan and his twelve companions had reached the summit ; the giant was precipitated i'rora the rampart ; he rose on one knee, and was again oppressed by a shower of darts and stones But his success had proved that the achievement was...