(Essex). The legend says that while Edward the Confessor was
dwelling in this locality, an old pilgrim asked alms, and the king
replied, “I have no money, but I have a ring, ” and, drawing it
from his fore-finger, gave it to the beggar. Some time after, certain
English pilgrims in Jewry met the same man, who drew the ring from his
finger and said, “Give this to your king, and say within six months he
shall die.” The request was complied with, and the prediction
fulfilled. The shrine of Edward the Confessor in Westminster Abbey
gives colour to this legend.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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