An illustration of this scene in manuscript British Library, Royal 13 B viii, folios 17v-18r (i. e., the verso (reverse) side of folio 17 to the recto (front) of folio 18). Manuscript image taken from the ever-enthralling medieval bestiary website.
[After speculating how poisonous animals came to inhabit remote islands after the Flood, as “no one in his senses would have brought them there”, and talking about how Merlin transferred an enormous pile of stones built by giants from Ireland to England…]
The wonderful happenings of our own time; and first about a wolf that talked with a priest.
And now we shall give some account of the things that occurred in our own time and seem worthy of wonder.
About three years before the coming of Lord John into Ireland [i. e., the later King John, son of the present king at the time of writing], it happened that a priest, journeying from Ulster towards Meath, spent the night in a wood on the borders of Meath. He was staying up beside a fire which he had prepared for himself under the leafy branches of a tree, and had for company only a little boy, when a wolf came up to them and immediately broke into these words: “Do not be afraid! Do not fear! Do not worry! There is nothing to fear!”