In the border of the map are painted the following words, taken from William Dunbar's (approx 1520) poem 'In honour of the City of London,
“London, thou art of townes, a per se sovereign of cities, semeliest in sight;Now come along Boris, let that be an ambition for you.
Of high renoun, riches and royaltie;
Of lordis, barons, and many a goodly knyght;
Of most delectable lusty ladies bright;
Of famous prelates in habitis clericall;
Of merchants full of substance and of myght;
London thou art the flour of cities all”.