THE CROSS- from “The Art of Swordsmanship” by Italian master Philoppo Di Vadi Pisano- 15th Century

The Cross

I am the Cross with the name of Jesus
My sign is made both in front and behind
To find many more defenses.

If I find myself against a different weapon,
I do not lose my way, this has been proven
This I often go looking for.

And when I find a long weapon,
Then with reason I make my defense,
To gain the honor in every venture.