Saturday, 4 October 2008

Knightly Order

You who long for the Knightly Order,

It is fitting you should lead a new life;

Devoutly keeping watch in prayer,

Fleeing from sin, pride and villainy;

The Church defending,

The Widows and Orphans succouring.

Be bold and protect the people,

Be loyal and valiant, taking nothing from others.

Thus should a Knight rule himself.

He should be humble of heart and always work,

And follow Deeds of Chivalry.;

Be loyal in war and travel greatly;

He should frequent tourneys and joust for his Lady Love;

He must keep honor with all,

So that he cannot be held to blame.

No cowardice should be found in his doings,

Above all, he should uphold the weak,

Thus should a Knight rule himself.

~~Eustace Deschamps