To Be A Pilgrim (Live in Little Munden All Saints Church)

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At Little Munden stands a holy hill, with both a church and school crowded onto its sacred crest, even though the nearest village is half a mile away. The village is full of musicians, who all encouraged us to sing at the church. So we did – our manifesto song.

John Bunyan wrote this poem in a post-pilgrimage British landscape. But his portrayal of the pilgrim’s challenges - and rewards – still ring true today.

Come wind or weather, a pilgrim stays constant to his purpose. Discouragement from others, often telling dismal stories about pilgrimage, spurs the pilgrim on with even more strength. A pilgrim cultivates fearlessness, refusing to be daunted by lions, giants, hobgoblins and foul fiends. The labour of walking, living outside and travelling slowly, allows you to inherit life, to truly claim your birthright as a living human. Pilgrimage really is the good stuff.

Who would true valour see,
Let them come hither.
One here will constant be,
Come wind come weather.
There's no discouragement,
Shall make him once relent,
His first avowed intent,
To be a Pilgrim.

Who so beset him round,
With dismal stories,
Do but themselves confound,
His strength the more is.
No Lion can him fright,
He'll with a giant fight,
But he will have the right
To be a Pilgrim.

No hobgoblin nor foul fiend
Can daunt his spirit.
He knows he at the end
Shall life inherit.
Then fancies fly away,
He'll fear not what men say,
He'll labour night and day
To be a Pilgrim.


from To Be A Pilgrim (Songs From The Way To Walsingham), released May 5, 2015
Trad. Arr. Hayward and Parsons



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