Prophecies of an English legend

As the Maya prophesies  are coming to light it  brought to mind one of England’s notary prophetess She was known as Old Mother Shipton .born in Knaresborough  Yorkshire a short distance from where I lived. My connection is my mother was also born near  there and her family moved to Lancashire where she married my father.

Old Mother Shipton was a legend in her time(if you would like to read more there is lots of information on Google).She was renowned as a soothsayer , a seer and more. I would like to share with you one of her most famous poems  in its original form ,which was written around 1449.

I have carried this poem around with me for so long and often take it out of its place to re read.Maybe because its a memory of long ago, that  holds dear to me. Or maybe because the mysteries of life have re opened in my life.

And now a word in uncouth rhyme

Of what shall be in future time

For, in those wonderous  far off days,

The women shall adopt a craze.

To dress like men and trousers wear

And cutoff all their locks of hair.

They,ll tide a stride with brazen brow,

As witches do , on broomsticks now

Then love shall die and marriage cease

And nations wane as babes decrease,

Then wives shall fondle cats and dogs

And men shall live much the same as hogs.

A carriage without a horse shall go,

Disaster  fill the world with woe

In London Primrose Hill shall be ,

Its centre hold a Bishops See

Around the world men,s thoughts shall fly

Quick as a twinkling of the eye.

And waters shall great wonders do

How strange and yet it shall come true.

Then upside down the world shall be,

And gold found at the root of tree.

Through towering hills proud man shall ride,

No horse or mule move by his side.

Beneath the water men shall walk,

Shall ride,shall sleep, and even talk.

In the white , in the black ,and even the green

A great man then shall come and go

For Prophecy declares it so.

In water from then shall float,

As easy as a wooden boat

Gold shall be found in streams and stone

In land that is yet unknown.

Water and fire shall wonders do          (steam)

And England shall admit a Jew

The Jew that once was held in scorn

Shall of a Christian be born

A house of glass shall come to pass     (the crystal palace)

In England….. but alas alas!

A war will follow with the work

Where dwells the pagan and the Turk.

The states will lock in fiercest strife

And seek to take each other,s life.

When North shall thus divide the south

The eagle builds in lions mouth

Then tax and blood and cruel war

Shall come to every humble door

Then, when the fiercest fight in done

England and France shall be as one

The British olive next shall twine

In marriage with the German vine

Men shall walk beneath and over streams

Fulfilled shall be out strangest dreams.

All Englands sons that plough the land

Shall oft be seen with book in hand.

The poor shall now great wisdom know,

Great houses stand in farflung vale

All covered o,er with snow and hail.

In nineteenhundred twenty six

Build houses light of straw and sticks

For then shall mighty wars be planned

When pictures seem alive with movements free

When boats like fishes swim beneath the sea,

When men like birds shall scour the sky.

Then half this world, deep drenched in blood shall die.

But those who live to see all this trough,

In fear and trembling this will do

Flee to the mountains and the dens,

To bog and forest and wild fens

For storms will rage and oceans roar

When Gabriel stands on sea and shore

And as he blows his wonderous horn

Old worlds shall die and new be born.

A reported drawing of Old Mother Shiptons house (Wikipedia)

Note the thatched roof typical of this time but still here in the Yucatan its normal to see Techos de huanos. Palm roofs.

About thepickledonionyucatan

Born in England emigrated to Canada and now reside in the Yucatan Mexico. LIfe is a journey so enjoy as much as you can
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2 Responses to Prophecies of an English legend

  1. BerylG says:

    Mother Shipton is fabulous. She also predicted the end of the world in florid poetry. I have her poetry as an addendum in the back of my 2012 novel. I also have a drawing of her and she’s not a pretty sight.

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