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Jonathan Nathaniel Hayes is a wilderness adventurer, biologist, environmentalist, Christian poet, author and speaker. Subscribe to his blog to inspire and challenge your view of life on planet earth.

Al-Tawil of the Moon

In the forest, alone tonight The shadows dance with your moonlight The moon, the earth’s great satellite Illuminates, to my delight The icy crystals, you excite The darkest forest, you ignite In this, your glow, our souls unite Embrace me here till the twilight

This Day I call to me

From Saint Patrick’s Breastplate -8th Century This day I call to me: God’s strength to direct me: God’s power to sustain me, God’s wisdom to guide me, God’s vision to light me, God’s ear to my hearing, God’s word to my speaking, God’s hand to uphold me, God’s pathway before me, God’s shield to protect …

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For My Shield

From Saint Patrick’s Breastplate -8th Century AD For my shield this day I call: Heaven’s might, Sun’s brightness, Moon’s whiteness, Fire’s glory, Lightning’s swiftness, Wind’s wildness, Ocean’s depth, Earth’s solidity, Rock’s immobility.  

The Armour of God -49AD

“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above …

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The Noble Habitus

The “Noble Habitus”- the foundation of the Christian Warrior ethos that birthed Chivaly- as outlined by the French historian, Leon Goutlier The Ancient Noble Habitus Loyalty Forbearance (Self Control) Hardihood Liberality Davidic Ethic Honor    

“The Pentecostal Oath” of the knights or the round Table as recorded by Sir Thomas Malory in “Le Morte d’Arthur” -1485AD

“The king stablished all his knights, and gave them that were of lands not rich, he gave them lands, and charged them: never to do outrageousity nor murder, and always to flee treason; also, by no mean to be cruel, but to give mercy unto him that asketh mercy, upon pain of forfeiture of their …

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The Duke of Burgundy’s Virtues for the Knights of the Golden Fleece- 1430AD

Faith Charity Justice Sagacity Prudence Temperance Resolution Truth Liberality Diligence Hope Valour

The Song of Roland’s Knightly Code of Chivalry- 1040AD

To fear God and maintain His Church To serve the liege lord in valour and faith To protect the weak and defenceless To give succour to widows and orphans To refrain from the wanton giving of offence To live by honour and for glory To despise pecuniary reward To fight for the welfare of all …

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The introduction to “The art of Swordsmanship” by the 15th Cnetury Italian master, Philoppo Di Vadi Pisano

Let us begin then to explain our intention, with the aid and grace of the omnipotent God whose name will be blessed forever… Reminding and admonishing all, in plain words, to not dare attempt this art and science unless they are bold, generous and full of courage. Wisdom, strength and boldness act With him who …

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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 …

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