Monday, 17 March 2008

Mother Shipton's Prophecy

I was looking through some of my files recently and came across this remarkable prophecy that I had not read in some time. I thought there may be folk out there who had not heard of her so thought it worth posting. She lived in a cave in Yorkshire and as so often happens this place has now become a tourist centre.

One of the most remarkable characters of history was a woman known as “Mother Shipton”. She lived in England over 500 years ago and was a very keen, and discerning student of the prophecies of the Bible. From her studies of the Scriptures, she saw what was going to take place in the Twentieth Century or in the Latter days, and wrote it in the form of a poem. This is as it was originally written.

Mother Shipton’s Prophecy
A.D. 1449

And now a word, in uncouth rhyme
Of what shall be in future time
For, in those wondrous far off days,
The women shall adopt a craze
To dress like men and trousers wear
And cut off all their locks of hair.

They’ll ride astride with brazen brow,
As witches do, on broom sticks 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 horse shall go,
Disaster fill the world with woe;
In London, Primrose Hill shall be’
Its centre hold a Bishop’s See,
Around the world men’s thoughts shall fly
Quick as the twinkling of an eye.

And waters shall great wonders do-
How strange, and yet is shall come true.
Then upside down the world shall be,
And gold found at the root of tree.
Through towering hills proud men shall ride,
No horse or mule move by his side.

Beneath the water men shall walk.
Shall ride, shall sleep, and even talk;
And in the air men shall be seen,
In white, in black, as well as green.
A great man then shall come and go,
For prophecy declares it so.

In water iron then shall float,
As easy as a wooden boat.
Gold shall be found in streams and stone
In land that is as 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 then be born.
A hearse of glass shall come to pass, (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 others life;
When North shall thus divide the South,
The eagle builds in lion’s mouth.
Then tax and blood and cruel war
Shall come to every humble door.

Then, when the fiercest fight is 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 our strangest dreams.

All England’s sons that plough the land
Shall oft be seen with book in hand
The poor shall now great wisdom know.
Great houses stand in far flung vale
All covered o’er with snow and hail.

In nineteen hundred twenty-six
Build houses light of straw and sticks.
For then shall mighty wars be planned.
When pictures seen 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) through,
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 wondrous horn
Old worlds shall die and new be born.

Mother Shipton did not have the words for things not yet invented but she certainly saw them


Penless Thoughts said...

I had never heard of her but this is quite interesting!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Fascinating stuff, Barbara! I, too, had never heard of her.

Elizabeth said...

And she seemed to have got lots of things right.
Very strange and in the old fashioned sense of the word "weird"
Weird originally had to do with the fates and so forth......

Needled Mom said...

Very interesting read. I, too, have not heard of her before.

Mob said...

That is amazing. She sure got a lot of things right on.

Linda said...

I hadn't heard of her either. Sort of reminds me of Nostradamus, of French fame, although I don't think he was particularly religious.

Jeanne said...

With love and thanks for all that you share.
Love Jeanne

DeeDee said...

Hi Barbara...I am always quite intrigued with that sort of publication.....Indeed our world seems much in turmoil...A good day for you...Dee Dee

Sara said...

Well it's certainly interesting! I went to the site and read about her story. Very intriguing.

Vanessa said...

Hello Barbara!

It's wonderful to be here again visiting with you.

I have never heard of her either; this was fascinating reading.


Linds said...

I knew nothing of her either, but this is definitely food for thought, Barbara.

Knitting Mania said...

Such a great post, I learned so much after reading this. So interesting.


Barbara Jacksier said...

Yet another fascinating post my dear.

Cousin Pam said...

Thanks, it was nice to read it again - certainly makes one think! I remember visiting her cave as a child and the old petrifying well. Always fascinated me!

HOPE said...

She obviously read a BIBLE and knew that History repeats itself...

sadly so true.

Prayer and our faith in the LORD Jesus Christ...will be our refuge and safe haven.