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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Pilgrimage
By Sir Walter Raleigh (1554?–1618)
 
GIVE 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,
Whilst my soul, like a quiet Palmer,
Travelleth towards the land of Heaven;
No other balm will there he given.        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.
 
 
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