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 Tem’ora.Templars or Knights Templars. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Temper.
 
To make trim. The Italians say, tempera’re la lira, to tune the lyre; temperare una penna, to mend a pen; temperáre l’oriuôlo. to wind up the clock. In Latin, temperare calamum is “to mend a pen.” Metal well tempered is metal made trim or meet for its use, and if not so it is called ill-tempered. When Otway says, “Woman, nature made thee to temper man,” he means to make him trim, to soften his nature, to mend him.   1
 


 Tem’ora.Templars or Knights Templars. 

 
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