A straunge sighted Traueller.
AN honest Country foole being gentle bred,1
Was by an odde conceited humor led,
To trauell and some English fashions see,
With such strange sights as heere at London be.
Stuffing his purse with a good golden some,
This wandring knight did to the Cittie come,
And there a seruingman he entertaines,
An honester in Newgate not remaines.
He shew’d his Maister sights to him most strange,
Great tall Pauls Steeple and the royall-Exchange:
And at White Hall the monstrous great Whales bone,
Brought him to the banck-side where Beares do dwell
And vnto Shor-ditch where the whores keepe hell,
Shew’d him the Lyons, Gyants2 in Guild-Hall,
King Lud at Lud-gate the Babounes and all,
At length his man, on all he had did pray,
Shew’d him a theeuish trick and ran away,
The Traueller turnd home exceeding ciuill,
And swore in London he had seene the Deuill.


  1. Raised as a gentleman. With pun on gentle as a quality, and connotative subtext of folly. (JJ)
  2. Reference to the statues of Gogmagog and Corineus in the Guildhall. (JJ)

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Rowlands, Samuel. A Strange Sighted Traveller. The Map of Early Modern London, Edition 7.0, edited by Janelle Jenstad, U of Victoria, 05 May 2022, mapoflondon.uvic.ca/edition/7.0/ASST1.htm.

Chicago citation

Rowlands, Samuel. A Strange Sighted Traveller. The Map of Early Modern London, Edition 7.0. Ed. Janelle Jenstad. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed May 05, 2022. mapoflondon.uvic.ca/edition/7.0/ASST1.htm.

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Rowlands, S. 2022. A Strange Sighted Traveller. In J. Jenstad (Ed), The Map of Early Modern London (Edition 7.0). Victoria: University of Victoria. Retrieved from https://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/editions/7.0/ASST1.htm.

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