Collected by Merlin Mitchell
Transcribed by Kyle Perrin
April 19, 1950
Discussion of Mother
Mitch..It's called Mother Shipton's Prophecy. And it was published in
England in 1645. Why was i t preserved—the people believed it?
Mrs .B..Well, most everything she prophesied there has come true. Excepting
the date and it says there in 1881 the world will be undone(?).
We l l , in 1880 I'se married and I wouldn't have had but ore year.
Mitch..It's about a dozen l i t t l e couplets. They all rhyme. Do you
know them by heart? Can you, repeat them without looking at it?
Mrs.B..Mother Shipton's Prophecy?
Mitch..I just wondered i f you were that familiar with i t.
Mrs.B..No, I just read it over and I don't try to—anything that happened
that I didn't pay much attention to I can't remember a whole lot—
about the things that happened then.
Cariages without horses shall go
And fill the world with woe.
Around the world thoughts will f ly
In the twinkling of an eye.
Nature shall yet more wonders do,
Now strange yet shall be true.
The world upside down shall he,
And gold found at the root of a tree.
Through h i l l s men shall ride,
And no horses nor ass be at his side.
Under water men shall walk, shall ride,
Shall sleep, shall talk.
In the air man shall be seen
In white and black and green.
Iron on the water shall float
Gold shall he found amid stone
In land that is now unknown.
Fire and water shall wonders do,
And this world to an end shall come
In eighteen hundred eighty one.
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