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Pilgrim dress

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2002 CF: 2004 from Paris: 2006 VF: 2007 CF: 2009 Aragones, Ingles, Finisterre: 2011 X 2 on CF: 2013 'Caracoles': 2014 CF and Ingles 'Caracoles":2015 Logrono-Burgos (Hospitalero San Anton): 2016 La Douay to Aosta/San Gimignano to Rome:
In the middle ages no less than 4 Popes proscribed the pilgrim's dress - a long cloak, broad hat, a staff and gourd, a pouch to hold alms and a scrip (something like a briefcase/carrybag). This was to identify them as pilgrims and not vagabonds. The less material belongings they carried the more severe their hardships.
Sir Walter Raleigh said it beautifully in the first verse of his poem - The Passionate Man's Pilgrimage) the night before he was to be hanged. (He was imprisoned in the Tower of London the night before his execution on a charge of treason. He languished there for thirteen years before being released in order to lead an expedition to South America in search of gold. When he returned unsuccessful he was beheaded in 1618 on the old charge of treason.)

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,
And thus I'll take my pilgrimage.

(No return ticket home and no credit or debit card - ouch!)
 
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