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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
His Pilgrimage

Sir Walter Raleigh (1554?–1618)
GIVE 1 me my scallop-shell of quiet,
My staff of faith to walk upon,
My scrip of joy, immortal diet,
My bottle of salvation,
My gown of glory, hope’s true gage;        5
And thus I ’ll take my pilgrimage.
Blood must be my body’s balmer;
No other balm will there be given;
Whilst my soul, like quiet palmer,
Travelleth towards the land of heaven;        10
  Over the silver mountains,
  Where spring the nectar fountains:
    There will I kiss
    The bowl of bliss,
And drink mine everlasting fill        15
Upon every milken hill.
My soul will be a-dry before;
But, after, it will thirst no more.
Note 1. Sir Walter Raleigh. ‘His Pilgrimage’. O.B.E.V. [back]

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