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 Palm TreePal’merin of England. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Palmer.
 
A pilgrim privileged to carry a palm-staff. In Fosbroke’s British Monachism we read that “certain prayers and psalms being said over the pilgrims, as they lay prostrate before the altar, they were sprinkled with holy water, and received a consecrated palmstaff. Palmers differed from pilgrims in this respect: a pilgrim made his pilgrimage and returned to public or private life; but a palmer spent all his days in visiting holy shrines, and lived on charity.   1
       
“His sandals were with travel tore,
Staff, budget, bottle, scrip he wore;
The faded palm-branch in his hand
Showed pilgrim from the Holy Land.”
       
Sir Walter Scott: Marmion, i. 27.
 


 Palm TreePal’merin of England. 

 
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