Mother Shipton:: The Missing Prophecies by Anthony Austin

Mother Shipton:Witch and Prophetess

The Mammoth Book of Nostradamus and Other Prophets




"Very morose and big boned, her head very long, with very great goggling, but sharp and fiery Eyes, her Nose of an incredible and unproportionate length, having in it many crooks and turnings, adorned with many strange Pimples of diverse colours, as Red, Blew, [sic] and mixt, which like Vapours of Brimstone gave such a lustre of the Night, that one of them confessed several times in my hearing, that her nurse needed no other light to assist her in the performance of her duty." From a 16th Century Biographer..



Mother Shipton

the Yorkshire Sibyl

When pictures seem alive with movements free..................... When boats like fishes swim beneath the sea................When men like birds shall scour the sky .......................Around the world men's thoughts will fly Quick as the twinkling of an eye...

Mother Shipton born Ursula Sontheil was an English witch / soothsayer, known as the Yorkshire Sibyl. She is supposed to have been born at an ancient well with mystical powers somewhere around the year 1486 - 1488.

She lived during the reign of Henry VIII of England predicted his victory over France in 1513 . She prophesized the Dissolution of the Monasteries and She was an early archetype of the stereotypical witch that you see adorning modern homes around Halloween.

Her power to see into the future made her well known not only in her home town but throughout England. She is credited with having predicted important historical events many years ahead of their time -
The Great Fire of London in 1666
The defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588
Modern technology
Her own death in 1561

Unlike Nostradamus and many other soothsayers/seers she was not overly vague in her predictions. Some of her the predictions attributed to Mother Shipton were hoaxes concocted after after death. The first record of her prophecy pertaining to Cardinal Wolsey dates from 1641, long after he had died. Her prophecies about future technology, and about the world coming to an end in 1881, first appeared in print in the 1862 edition of her sayings, and Charles Hindley, the editor , later admitted that he had composed them.

An unfortunate happenstance surrounding this seer is that is not possible to tell what is written by her, and what is written later by hoaxers. The poem below was not publicized till nearly a century after her demise.

Even if that be the case {Mid 1600s} there are striking insights into modern technological advances. In the one instance where she gives an actual numeric date - 1926- her predictions are extremely accurate.

Sampling of the Mother Shipton Prophecies

1 And now a word, in uncouth rhyme
2 Of what shall be in future time.
3 Then upside down the world shall be
4 And gold found at the root of tree
5 All England's sons that plough the land
6 Shall oft be seen with Book in hand.
7 The poor shall now great wisdom know
8 Great houses stand in far-flung vale
9 All covered o'er with snow and hail.
10 A carriage without horse will go
11 Disaster fill the world with woe.
12 In London, Primrose Hill shall be
13 In centre hold a Bishop's See

14 And water shall great wonders do
15 How strange. And yet it shall come true.
16 Through towering hills proud men shall ride
17 No horse or ass move by his side.
18 Beneath the water, men shall walk
19 Shall ride, shall sleep, shall even talk.
20 And in the air men shall be seen
21 In white and black and even green.
22 A great man then, shall come and go
23 For prophecy declares it so.

24 In water, iron, then shall float
25 As easy as a wooden boat

26 Gold shall be seen in stream and stone
27 In land that is yet unknown.

28 And England shall admit a Jew
29 You think this strange, but it is true
30 The Jew that once was held in scorn
31 Shall of a Christian then be born.

32 A house of glass shall come to pass
33 In England. But Alas, alas
34 A war will follow with the work
35 Where dwells the Pagan and the Turk.
36 These states will lock in fiercest strife

37 And seek to take each other's life.
38 When North shall thus divide the south
39 And Eagle build in Lion's mouth
40 Then tax and blood and cruel war
41 Shall come to every humble door.

42 Three times shall lovely sunny France
43 Be led to play a bloody dance
44 Before the people shall be free


45 Three tyrant rulers shall she see.
46 Three rulers in succession be
47 Each springs from different dynasty.

48 Then when the fiercest strife is done
49 England and France shall be as one.
50 The British olive shall next then twine
51 In marriage with a German vine.

52 Men walk beneath and over streams
53 Fulfilled shall be their wondrous dreams.
54 For in those wondrous far off days
55 The women shall adopt a craze
56 To dress like men, and trousers wear
57And to cut off their locks of hair.
58 They'll ride astride with brazen brow
59 As witches do on broomstick now.

60 And roaring monsters with man atop
61 Does seem to eat the verdant crop
62 And men shall fly as birds do now
63 And give away the horse and plough.

64 There'll be a sign for all to see
65 Be sure that it will certain be.
66 Then love shall die and marriage cease
67 And nations wane as babes decrease.
68 And wives shall fondle cats and dogs
69 And men live much the same as hogs.

70 In nineteen hundred and twenty six
71 Build houses light of straw and sticks.
72 For then shall mighty wars be planned
73 And fire and sword shall sweep the land.
74 When pictures seem alive with movements free

75 When boats like fishes swim beneath the sea,
76 When men like birds shall scour the sky
77 Then half the world, deep drenched in blood shall die.
78 For those who live the century through
79 In fear and trembling this shall do.

80 Flee to the mountains and the dens
81 To bog and forest and wild fens.
82 For storms will rage and oceans roar
83 When Gabriel stands on sea and shore
84 And as he blows his wondrous horn
85 Old worlds die and new be born.

86 A fiery Dragon will cross the sky
87 Six times before this earth shall die
88 Mankind will tremble and frightened be
89 For the sixth heralds in this prophecy.
90 For seven days and seven nights
90 Man will watch this awesome sight.
91 The tides will rise beyond their ken
92 To bite away the shores and then
93 The mountains will begin to roar
94 And earthquakes split the plain to shore.

And flooding waters, rushing in
Will flood the lands with such a din
That mankind cowers in muddy fen
And snarls about his fellow men.
He bares his teeth and fights and kills
And secrets food in secret hills
And ugly in his fear, he lies


.... to kill marauders, thieves and spies.
Man flees in terror from the floods
And kills, and rapes and lies in blood
And spilling blood by mankind's hands
Will stain and bitter many lands.
And when the Dragon's tail is gone,
Man forgets, and smiles, and carries on
To apply himself -- too late, too late
For mankind has earned deserved fate.
His masked smile -- his false grandeur
Will serve the Gods their anger stir.
And they will send the Dragon back
To light the sky -- his tail will crack
Upon the earth and rend the earth
And man shall flee, King, Lord, and serf.
But slowly they are routed out
To seek diminishing water spout
And men will die of thirst before
The oceans rise to mount the shore.
And lands will crack and rend anew
You think it strange. It will come true.

And in some far off distant land
Some men -- oh such a tiny band
Will have to leave their solid mount
And span the earth, those few to count,
Who survives this (?) and then
Begin the human race again.
But not on land already there
But on ocean beds, stark, dry and bare
Not every soul on Earth will die
As the Dragon's tail goes sweeping by.
Not every land on earth will sink
But these will wallow in stench and stink
Of rotting bodies of beast and man
Of vegetation crisped on land.
But the land that rises from the sea
Will be dry and clean and soft and free
Of mankind's dirt and therefore be
The source of man's new dynasty.
And those that live will ever fear
The Dragons tail for many year
But time erases memory
You think it strange. But it will be.
And before the race is built anew
A silver serpent comes to view
And spew out men of like unknown
To mingle with the earth now grown
Cold from its heat and these men can
Enlighten the minds of future man.
To intermingle and show them how
To live and love and thus endow
The children with the second sight.
A natural thing so that they might
Grow graceful, humble and when they do
The Golden Age will start anew.

(These verses were on the outer wrapping of scrolls):
Reprinted with no-ones permission: They are Public Domain !.

I know I go -- I know I'm free
I know that this will come to be.
Secreted this -- for this will be
Found by later dynasty.
A dairy maid, a bonny lass
Shall kick this tome as she does pass
And five generations she shall breed
Before one male child does learn to read.
This is then held year by year
Till an iron monster trembling fear
Eats parchment, words and quill and ink
And mankind is given time to think.
And only when this comes to be
Will mankind read this prophecy
But one man's sweet's another's bane
So I shall not have burned in vain.
Mother Shipton

(Following section was kept in a separate jar.)
The signs will be there for all to read
When man shall do most heinous deed
Man will ruin kinder lives
By taking them as to their wives.
And murder foul and brutal deed
When man will only think of greed.
And man shall walk as if asleep
He does not look -- he many not peep
And iron men the tail shall do
And iron cart and carriage too.
The kings shall false promise make
And talk just for talking's sake
And nations plan horrific war
The like as never seen before.
And taxes rise and lively down
And nations wear perpetual frown.

Yet greater sign there be to see
As man nears latter century.
Three sleeping mountains gather breath
And spew out mud, and ice and death.
And earthquakes swallow town and town,
In lands as yet to me unknown.
And Christian one fights Christian two
And nations sigh, yet nothing do
And yellow men great power gain
From mighty bear with whom they've lain.
These mighty tyrants will fail to do
They fail to split the world in two.
But from their acts a danger bred
An ague -- leaving many dead.
And physics find no remedy
For this is worse than leprosy.
Oh many signs for all to see
The truth of this true prophecy.

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