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Medieval pilgrimage became a great industry. Robert Bartlett, Inside the Medieval Mind III: Belief, BBC 2008
Like pilgrims to th’appointed place we tend;
The world’s an inn, and death the journey’s end. John Dryden
The majority of people joined the Crusade in a spirit of pilgrimage. Kenneth Clark: Civilisation 2/13: The Great Thaw, BBC 1969
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah,
Pilgrim through this barren land. Peter Williams
A true-devoted pilgrim is not weary
To measure kingdoms with his feeble steps. William Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen Of Verona II vii 10, Julia to Lucetta
Perform the pilgrimage and the visit (to Makka) for Allah. And if ye are prevented, then send such gifts as can be obtained with ease, and shave not your heads until the gifts have reached their destination. And whoever among you is sick or hath an ailment of the head must pay a ransom of fasting or almsgiving or offering. And if ye are in safety, then whosoever contenteth himself with the visit for the pilgrimage (shall give) such gifts as can be had with ease. And whosoever cannot find (such gifts), then a fast of three days while on the pilgrimage, and of seven when ye have returned; that is, ten in all. That is for him whoso folk are not present at the Inviolable Place of Worship. Observe your duty to Allah, and know that Allah is severe in punishment.
The pilgrimage is (in) the well-known months, and whoever is minded to perform the pilgrimage therein (let him remember that) there is (to be) no lewdness nor abuse nor angry conversation on the pilgrimage. And whatsoever good ye do Allah knoweth it. So make provision for yourselves (Hereafter); for the best provision is to ward off evil. Therefore keep your duty unto Me, O men of understanding. Koran 2:196&197
And proclaim unto mankind the pilgrimage. They will come unto thee on foot and on every lean camel; they will come from every deep ravine,
That they may witness things that are of benefit to them, and mention the name of Allah on appointed days over the beast of cattle that He hath bestowed upon them. Then eat thereof and feed therewith the poor unfortunate. Feed the poor and unfortunate.
Then let them make an end of their unkemptness and pay their vows and go around the ancient House. Koran 22:27-29
As we’ve lost this idea of pilgrimage, we’ve lost this idea of human beings walking for a very, very long time. It does change you. Robyn Davidson
And he began, ‘What chance or destiny
has brought you here before your final day?
And who is he who leads your pilgrimage?’
‘Up there in life beneath the quiet stars
I lost my way,’ I answered, ‘in a valley,
before I’d reached the fullness of my age.
I turned my shoulders on it yesterday:
this soul appeared as I was falling back,
and by the road through Hell he leads me home.’
‘Follow your star and you will never fail
to find your glorious port,’ he said to me. Dante Alighieri
This world nys but a thurghfare ful of wo,
And we been pilgrymes, passynge to and fro; Geoffrey Chaucer
A million pilgrims from across the world are crammed into St Peter’s Square and the surrounding streets. Inside the Vatican Vaults, canonisation day for two former popes, Discovery 2016