And palmeres for to seken straunge strondes,

from Geoffrey Chaucer – The Canterbury Tales (General Prologue) on Rap Genius


‘Palmeres’ are pilgrims who carry a palm leaf to prove that they had visited the Holy Land. Some pilgrims would spend their lives on pilgrimages, in perpetual poverty, but, supposedly, closer to the thing they love (in this case, God). Kind of like the people who go to multiple shows on the same tour by bands. You kind of admire them, but you kind of think they’re a bit silly, too.

‘Straunge strondes’ means ‘foreign shores’.

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