And first, he was faultless in his five sense,
Nor ofund ever to fail in his five fingers,
And all his fealty was fixed upon the five wounds
That Christ got on the cross, as the creed tells;
And wherever this man in melee took part,
His one thought was of this, past all things else,
That all his force was founded on the five joys,
That the high Queen of heaven had in her child
And hterefore, as I find, he fittingly had
On the inner part of his shield her image portrayed
That when his look on it lighted, he never lost heart.
The fifth of the five fives followed by this knight were beneficence boundless and brotherly love
And pure mind and manners, that none might impeach,
And compassion most precioius--these peerless five
were forged and made fast in him, foremost of men.
Now all these five fives were confirmed in this knight,
And each linked in other, that end there was none
And fixed to five points, whose force never failed,
Nor assembled all on a side, nor asunder either,
Nor anywhere at an end, but whole and entire
However the pattern proceeded or played out its course.
And so on his shining shield shaped was the knot
Royally in red gold against red gules,
That is the peerless pentangle, prized of old in lore.
Now armed is Gawain gay, and bears his lance before,
And soberly said good day
He thoiugh forevermore
Gawain is preparing to leave. They mention a detailed description of his shield, which contains a pentangle in purest gold and why its proper to the prince because it is a sign by Solomon to be a token of truth. It is an endless knot. The inside is Mary.