Worthy The Name Of Sir Knight Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


Sir Knight of the world's oldest orderB
Sir Knight of the Army of GodC
You have crossed the strange mystical borderB
The ground floor of truth you have trodC
You have entered the sanctum sanctorumD
Which leads to the temple aboveE
Where you come as a stone and a Christ chosen oneF
In the kingdom of Friendship and LoveE
As you stand in this new realm of beautyG
Where each man you meet is your friendH
Think not that your promise of dutyG
In hall or asylum shall endH
Outside in the great world of pleasureB
Beyond in the clamor of tradeI
In the battle of life and its coarse daily strifeJ
Remember the vows you have madeI
Your service majestic and solemnK
Your symbols suggestive and sweetL
Your uniformed phalanx in columnK
On gala days marching the streetL
Your sword and your plume and your helmetM
Your 'secrets' hid from the world's sightN
These things are the small lesser parts of the allO
Which are needed to form the true KnightN
The martyrs who perished rejoicingP
In Templary's glorious lawsQ
Who died 'midst the fagots while voicingP
The glory and worth of their causeR
They honored the title of 'Templar'B
No more than the Knight of to dayS
Who mars not the name with one blemish of shameD
But carries it clean through life's frayS
To live for a cause to endeavorB
To make your deeds grace it to tryB
And uphold its precepts foreverB
Is harder by far than to dieB
For the battle of life is unendingP
The enemy Self never tiresT
And the true Knight must slay that sly foe every dayS
Ere he reaches the heights he desiresT
Sir Knight have you pondered the meaningP
Of all you have heard and been toldU
Have you strengthened your heart for its weaningP
From vices and faults loved of oldU
Will you honor in hours of temptationF
Your promises noble and grandV
Will your spirit be strong to do battle with wrongW
'And having done all to stand '-
Will you ever be true to a brotherB
In actions as well as in creedX
Will you stand by his side as no otherB
Could stand in the hour of his needX
Will you boldly defend him from perilY
And lift him from poverty's curseZ
Will the promise of aid which you willingly madeI
Reach down from your lips to your purseZ
The world's battle field is before youA2
Let Wisdom walk close by your sideB2
Let Faith spread her snowy wings o'er youA2
Let Truth be your comrade and guideB2
Let Fortitude Justice and MercyJ
Direct all your conduct arightB2
And let each word and act tell to men the proud factB2
You are worthy the name of 'Sir Knight'B2

Ella Wheeler Wilcox


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