And when matins and the first mass were done, there was seen in the churchyard, against the high altar, a great stone foursquare, like unto a marble stone, and in the midst thereof was like an anvil of steel a foot on high, and therein stuck a fair sword naked by the point, and letters there were written in gold about the sword that said thus:-- 'Whoso pulleth out this sword of the stone and anvil is rightwise king born of all England.'
"'Sir,' said Ector, 'for God will have it so, for there should never man have drawn out this sword, but he that should be rightwise king of this land.
By the late 1520s, the schoolboys, under the guidance of Lily's surmaster John Rightwise
, would perform Terence's Phormio in Latin before Wolsey, its presumed patron, apparently word for word.
(122) Earlier still, the appointment of William Lily, who "had studied in Italy under Pomponio Leto (the first modern producer of Roman plays in Europe)," to be the first schoolmaster of the grammar school at Paul's for the poor founded by John Colet in 1512, led Shapiro to conjecture that he too promoted "the pedagogical value of dramatic performance." (123) Certainly, Lily's surmaster, John Rightwise
brought his schoolboys of St.