Hear it echoing down the paths and trails, across the centuries, recorded in the 12th Century Guide for Pilgrims, the Codex Calixtinus.
"God, Father of all mankind, King, ruler of the world
Gave to his apostles dear,
lands, each to their own just care
James in his own land of Spain,
Shines out with a holy flame
First [to be martyred] amongst Apostles now!
Martyred at Jerusalem!
James became the holiest
by illustrious martyrdom!
Lo! James’s Galicia calls out for our pious toil,
Marching on the holy way, road over her glorious soil.
Blending all our prayers in one harmony of endless song:
To Lord St James! To God’s St James!
And Onward! And Upward! God speed our way!"
– translation of 'Dum Pater Familias', a pilgrim song for the Camino to Santiago de Compostela.