The young Squire,
twenty years of age, was the son
accompanied him on the historic pilgrimage.
He was undoubtedly what in
later times we should call a dandy, for, "Embroideréd was he
as is a
mead, All full of fresh flowers, white and red.
Singing he was or
all the day, He was as fresh as is the month of May.
While the Haberdasher was propounding his
problem of the triangle, this young Squire was standing in the
making a drawing of some kind; for "He could songs make and well
Joust and eke dance, and well portray and write."
The Knight turned
to him after a while and said,
"My son, what
is it over
which thou dost take so great pains withal?"
have bethought me how I might portray in one only stroke a picture of
late sovereign lord King Edward the Third, who hath been dead these ten
'Tis a riddle to
find where the stroke doth begin and where it
doth also end.
To him who first shall show it unto me will I give the
am able to present a facsimile of the original
which was won
by the Man of Law.
It may be here remarked that the pilgrimage set out
from Southwark on 17th April 1387, and Edward the Third died in 1377.