Sir Walter Raleigh (1552–1618), British author, soldier, explorer. The Passionate Man's Pilgrimage, The Poems of Sir Walter Raleigh, ed. Agnes M. Latham (1951).
Poem written while waiting execution on charges of treason against James I. The scallop-shell was the symbol worn by pilgrims. Raleigh was reprieved, though imprisoned for the next 12 years, and finally condemned and beheaded in 1616.