… Once more constrained by the bonds of capture,
Merlin became morose.
He went on hunger strike.
King Rhydderch ordered him to be led through
the city streets in an attempt to lift his spirits.
On his way from the palace Merlin saw a poor
door-keeper begging for alms with trembling lips.
The Prophet stood stock still and laughed aloud!
Being again led on, Merlin then came upon a young
man engaged in buying patches for his shoes.
Again, he laughed aloud at the seemingly innocuous transaction
being played out before him but then refused to be led any further
and instead expressed his deep longing for the woods.
Merlin was returned to the palace and king Rhydderch was
told of all that had transpired in the city streets…