Prayer of Sir Walter Raleigh

Today I was inspired to post famous prayers on Sundays.  I hope you will enjoy!

Prayer of Sir Walter Raleigh (Just Before His Execution)

Give me my scallop shell of 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 gauge,

And thus I’ll take my pilgrimage.

Sir Walter Raleigh was born in 1552, died in 1618; commanded, in 1580, an English company in Ireland, where he introduced the potato in 1584; a captain of the guard in 1587; sent expeditions to Virginia in 1584, ’85, ’87, and ’90; served against the Armada in 1588; explored the Orinoco in 1595; commanded a squadron which destroyed the Spanish fleet at Cadiz in 1596; accused of treason and sent to the Tower in 1603, writing while there his “History of the World”; commanded an unsuccessful expedition to South America in 1616; condemned and executed in 1618.