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The Knight Templar at Rest

Today in Masonic History we present The Knight Templar at Rest.

Resting in calm repose,
The fiercest blast that blows
And bows yon sturdy oaks on Bashan's height,
Can yield no influence here;-
For many and many a year
Hath "slept In Jesus" this our stalwart Knight:
While rust corrodes his cross-hilted sword,
The toll-spent Templar rests before the Lord.

Be heard an inward call,-
"Leave home, leave country, all
That love you or are loved, leave wealth and fame,
And with this ruddy Cross
Count other things but dross,
To go and battle in your Master's name!
There, where I walked in early days with men,
Go, I will meet you, striving there, again I"

Meekly he rose and went;
His hard-earned fortune spent
In the high cause for which he took the sword;
Be chose the lowliest place;
For nothing can abase
The servant when he imitates his Lord.
Yet where the strokes fell thickest midst the din
He listened, yearning for that Voice again.

And here the Templar fell:
Battling full long and well;
He fell beneath the point of Paynim spear;
But to his dying eye
The Master's form drew nigh,
The Master's whisper blest his dying ear;
"Well done, true Knight, inherit thy reward.
The servant is not greater than his Lord!"