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Sonnet XII. Knightly Oaths and Holy Vows

Updated on July 14, 2017
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World's lone sonnet grandmaster. Shakespeare's Sonnet 1 describes him as “the world’s fresh ornament and only herald to the gaudy spring."

The art of lying is a global ill
practiced by almost everyone at will
be lawyers, leaders and the common man.
Although not needed, it's resorted still.

A knight would honor as much as he can
his given word for there's a virtual ban
against dishonesty and perfidy.
A word of honor makes a gentleman.

The knightly oath observed in chivalry
is a transforming trait; it's actually
akin to vows of saints and holy men
which turn a mortal to divinity.

Thus oaths and vows are sacred regimen
that we should propagate to fellowmen.

-- Jose Rizal M. Reyes
February 8, 2017B

rhyming pattern: aaba bbcb ccdc dd
sonnet type: Malayan Wave
metric type: iambic pentameter
sonnet structure: English (quatrain, quatrain, quatrain, couplet)

Knights Templar and Knights Hospitaller were the leading monastic knights during the medieval age.
Knights Templar and Knights Hospitaller were the leading monastic knights during the medieval age.

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