'Creatures shall be seen upon the earth who will always be fighting one with another, with very great losses and frequent deaths on either side. These shall set no bounds to their malice ... Earth! what delays thee to open and hurl them headlong into the deep fissures of thy huge abysses and caverns, and no longer to display in the sight of heaven so savage and ruthless a monster?'
Some poor wretch will be flattered, and these same flatterers will always be to him deceivers, robbers and assassins.
THE PERCUSSION OF THE SUN'S DISC
Something will appear which will cover over the person who shall attempt to cover it.
OF MONEY AND GOLD
That shall come forth from hollow caves which shall cause all the nations of the world to toil and sweat with great agitation, anxiety and labour, in order to gain its aid.
OF THE FEAR OF POVERTY
The malevolent and terrifying thing shall of itself strike such terror into men that almost like madmen, while thinking to escape from it, they will rush in swift course upon its boundless forces.
He who shall be most necessary to whoever has need of him will be unknown, and if known will be held of less account. c.a. 37 v. c
OF SNAKES CARRIED BY SWANS
Serpents of huge size will be seen at an immense height in the air fighting with birds.
OF CANNON WHICH COME FORTH OUT OF A PIT AND FROM A MOULD
There shall come forth from beneath the ground that which by its terrific report shall stun all who are near it, and cause men to drop dead at its breath, and it shall devastate cities and castles. c.a. 129 v. a
There are many who hold the faith of the Son and only build temples in the name of the Mother.
OF FOOD WHICH HAS BEEN ALIVE
A large part of the bodies which have had life will pass into the bodies of other animals, that is the houses no longer inhabited will pass piece-meal through those which are inhabited, ministering to their needs and bearing away with them what is waste; that is to say that the life of man is made by the things which he eats, and these carry with them that part of man which is dead.
OF MEN WHO SLEEP UPON PLANKS MADE FROM
Men will sleep and eat and make their dwelling among trees grown
in the forests and the fields.
It shall seem to men that they see new destructions in the sky, and
the flames descending therefrom shall seem to have taken flight and to
flee away in terror; they shall hear creatures of every kind speaking
human language; they shall run in a moment, in person, to divers
i ioo PROPHECIES
parts of the world without movement; amidst the darkness they shall
see the most radiant splendours. O marvel of mankind! What frenzy
has thus impelled you! You shall hold converse with animals of every
species, and they with you in human language. You shall behold your-
selves falling from great heights without suffering any injury; the
torrents will bear you with them as they mingle in their rapid course.
Many communities there will be who will hide themselves and their
young and their victuals within gloomy caverns, and there in dark
places will sustain themselves and their families for many months
without any light either artificial or natural.
And many others will be robbed of their store of provisions and
their food, and by an insensate folk will be cruelly immersed and
drowned. O justice of God! why dost thou not awake to behold thy
creatures thus abused?
OF SHEEP, COWS, GOATS AND THE LIKE
From countless numbers will be stolen their little children, and the
throats of these shall be cut, and they shall be quartered most
OF NUTS, OLIVES, ACORNS, CHESTNUTS, AND THE
Many children shall be torn with pitiless beatings out of the very
arms of their mothers, and flung upon the ground and then maimed.
OF CHILDREN WHO ARE WRAPPED IN SWADDLING
O cities of the sea, I behold in you your citizens, women as well a?
men, tightly bound with stout bonds around their arms and legs by
folk who will have no understanding of our speech; and you will only
be able to give vent to your griefs and sense of loss of liberty by mak-
ing tearful complaints, and sighs, and lamentation one to another; for
those who bind you will not have understanding of your speech nor
will you understand them.
OF CATS THAT EAT RATS
In you, O cities of Africa! your own sons shall be seen torn to pieces
within their own houses by most cruel and savage animals of your
OF ASSES WHICH ARE BEATEN
O neglectful Nature, wherefore art thou thus partial, becoming to
some of thy children a tender and benignant mother, to others a most
cruel and ruthless stepmother? I see thy children given into slavery to
others without ever receiving any benefit, and in lieu of any reward for
the services they have done for them they are repaid by the severest
punishments, and they constantly spend their lives in the service of
DIVISION OF THE PROPHECIES
First of things which relate to the reasoning animals, second those
which have not the power of reason, third of plants, fourth of cere-
monies, fifth of customs, sixth of propositions, decrees or disputes,
seventh of propositions contrary to Nature (as to speak of a substance
which the more there is taken from it is the more increased), and
reserve the weighty propositions until the end, and begin with those of
less import, and show first the evils and then the punishments, eight
of philosophical things. c.a. 145 r. a
OF FUNERAL RITES AND PROCESSIONS AND
LIGHTS AND BELLS AND FOLLOWERS
The greatest honours and ceremonies shall be paid to men without
their knowledge. c.a. 145 v. a
All the astrologers will be castrated, that is the cockerels.
c.a. 367 v. b
Arrange in order the months and the ceremonies which are per-
formed, and do this for the day and for the night.
There will be many who will be moving one against another, hold-
ing in their hands the sharp cutting iron. These will not do each other
any hurt other than that caused by fatigue, for as one leans forward the
other draws back an equal space; but woe to him who intervenes
between them, for in the end he will be left cut in pieces.
There shall be heard mournful cries and loud shrieks, hoarse angry
voices of those who are tortured and despoiled and at last left naked
and motionless; and this shall be by reason of the motive power which
turns the whole.
OF PLACING BREAD WITHIN THE MOUTH OF THE
OVEN AND DRAWING IT OUT AGAIN
In all the cities and lands and castles, villages and houses, men will
be seen who through desire of eating will draw the very food out of
each other's mouths, without their being able to make any resistance.
OF PLOUGHED LAND
The earth will be seen turned upside down and facing the opposite
hemispheres, and laying bare the holes where lurk the fiercest animals.
Then a great part of the men who remain alive will throw out of
their houses the victuals they have saved, as the free booty of the birds
and beasts of the field, without taking any care of them.
PROPHECIES 1 103
OF THE RAINS WHICH CAUSE THE RIVERS TO
BECOME MUDDY AND CARRY AWAY THE SOIL
There will come from out the sky that which will transport a great
part of Africa which lies beneath this sky 1 towards Europe, and that of
Europe towards Africa; and those of the provinces will mingle to-
gether in great revolution.
OF BRICK-KILNS AND LIME-KILNS
At the last the earth will become red after being exposed to fire for
many days, and the stones will become changed to ashes.
OF WOOD THAT IS BURNT
The trees and shrubs of the vast forests shall be changed to ashes.
OF BOILED FISH
Creatures of the water will die in boiling water.
THE OLIVES WHICH DROP FROM THE OLIVE-TREES
GIVE US THE OIL WHICH MAKES LIGHT
There shall descend with fury from the direction of the sky that
which will give us nourishment and light.
OF HORNED AND TAWNY OWLS WITH WHICH ONE
GOES FOWLING WITH BIRD-LIME
Many will perish by fracturing their skulls, and their eyes will
almost start out of their heads on account of fearsome creatures which
have come forth out of the darkness.
OF FLAX WHEREBY PAPER IS MADE OUT OF RAGS
That shall be revered and honoured and its precepts shall be listened
to with reverence and love, which was at first despised and mangled
and tortured with many different blows.
1 MS., si mostra a esso cielo.
1 104 PROPHECIES
OF BOOKS WHICH INCULCATE PRECEPTS
Bodies without souls shall by their sayings supply precepts which
shall help us to die well.
OF THOSE WHO ARE BEATEN AND SCOURGED
Men will hide themselves within the bark of hollow trees, and there
crying aloud they will make martyrs of themselves by beating their
And they will go wild after the things that are most beautiful to
seek after, to possess and make use of their vilest parts; and afterwards,
having returned with loss and penitence to their understanding, they
will be filled with great admiration for themselves.
OF THE AVARICIOUS
Many there will be who with the utmost zeal and solicitude will
pursue furiously that which has always filled them with awe, not
knowing its evil nature.
OF MEN WHO AS THEY GROW OLDER BECOME MORE
MISERLY, WHEREAS, HAVING BUT A SHORT TIME TO
STAY, THEY OUGHT TO BE MORE GENEROUS
You will see that those who are considered to be of most experience
and judgment, in proportion as they come to have less need of things,
seek and hoard them with more eagerness.
OF A DITCH (GIVE THIS AS AN INSTANCE OF FRENZY
OR CRAZINESS OR MADNESS OF THE BRAIN)
There will be many busied in the practice of taking from that thing
which increases the more the more they take from it.
PROPHECIES 1 105
OF WEIGHT PLACED ON A FEATHER-PILLOW
And with many bodies it will be seen that as you raise your head
from them they will increase perceptibly, and when the head that has
been lifted up returns, their size will immediately diminish.
OF CATCHING LICE
There will be many hunters of animals who the more they catch
the fewer they will have; and so conversely they will have more in
proportion as they catch less.
OF DRAWING WATER WITH TWO BUCKETS BY A
And many will be busying themselves with a thing which the more
they draw it up will tend the more to escape in the contrary direction.
OF SIEVES MADE OF THE SKIN OF ANIMALS
We shall see the food of animals pass through their skins in every
way except through the mouth, and penetrate through the opposite
side until it reaches the level ground.
OF THE LIGHTS THAT ARE CARRIED BEFORE THE
They will make light for the dead.
OF THE LANTERN
The fierce horns of powerful bulls will protect the light used at
night from the impetuous fury of the winds.
OF FEATHERS IN BEDS
Flying creatures will support men with their feathers.
OF MEN WHO PASS ABOVE THE TREES WEARING
The swamps will be so great that the men will go above the trees
of their countries.
OF THE SOLES OF SHOES WHICH ARE OF LEATHER
Over a great part of the country men shall be seen walking about
on the skins of large animals.
There will be great winds through which the eastern things will
become western, and those of the south mingled together in great
measure by the course of the winds will follow these through distant
OF THE WORSHIPPING OF PICTURES OF SAINTS
Men shall speak with men who shall not hear them; their eyes shall
be open and they shall not see; they will speak to them and there shall
be no reply; they will ask pardon from one who has ears and does not
hear; they will oflfer light to one who is blind, and to the deaf they
will appeal with loud clamour. 1
Men shall walk without moving, they shall speak with those who are
absent, they shall hear those who do not speak.
OF THE SHADOW THAT MOVES WITH MAN
There shall be seen shapes and figures of men and animals which
shall pursue these men and animals wheresoever they flee; and the
movements of the one shall be as those of the other, but it shall seem
a thing to wonder at because of the different dimensions which the)
1 MS., faran lume a [chi] e orbo ]. . J sordi con gran [. . .] ore.
OF THE SHADOW CAST BY THE SUN AND OF THE
REFLECTION IN THE WATER SEEN AT ONE AND
THE SAME TIME
Many times one man shall be seen to change into three and all shali
proceed together, and often the one that is most real abandons him.
OF WOODEN COFFERS WHICH ENCLOSE MANY
Within walnuts and other trees and plants there shall be found very
great treasures which lie hidden there.
OF EXTINGUISHING THE LIGHT WHEN ONE GOES
Many by forcing their breath out too rapidly will lose the power of
sight, and in a short time all power of sensation.
OF THE BELLS OF MULES WHICH ARE CLOSE TO
There shall be heard in many parts of Europe instruments of various
sizes making divers melodies, causing great weariness to those who
hear them most closely.
The many labours shall be repaid by hunger, thirst, wretchedness,
blows and goadings.
OF SOLDIERS ON HORSEBACK
Many shall be seen carried by large animals with great speed, to the
loss of their lives and to instant death. In the air and on the earth shall
be seen animals of different colours, bearing men furiously to the
destruction of their lives.
OF STARS ON SPURS
By reason of the stars you will see men moving as swiftly as any
OF A STICK WHICH IS A DEAD THING
The movement of the dead shall cause many who are living to flee
away with grief and lamentation and cries.
With stone and iron things will be rendered visible which were not
OF OXEN WHICH ARE EATEN
The masters of the estates will eat their own labourers.
OF BEATING THE BED TO REMAKE IT
To such a pitch of ingratitude shall men come that that which shall
give them lodging without any price shall be loaded with blows, in
such a way that great parts of the inside of it shall be detached from
their place, and shall be turned over and over within it.
OF THINGS WHICH ARE EATEN WHICH ARE FIRST
PUT TO DEATH
Those who nourish them will be slain by them and scourged by
OF THE WALLS OF CITIES REFLECTED IN THE
WATER OF THEIR TRENCHES
The high walls of mighty cities shall be seen inverted, in their
OF THE WATER WHICH FLOWS IN A TURBID STREAM
MINGLED WITH EARTH, AND OF DUST AND MIST
MINGLING WITH THE AIR, AND OF THE FIRE
WHICH MINGLES ITS HEAT WITH EACH
All the elements shall be seen confounded together, surging in huge
rolling mass, now towards the centre of the earth, now towards the
sky, at one time coursing in fury from the southern regions towards
the icy north, at another time from the east to the west, and so again
from this hemisphere to the other.
AT ANY POINT ONE MAY MAKE THE DIVISION OF
THE TWO HEMISPHERES
All men will suddenly change their hemisphere.
EVERY POINT FORMS A DIVISION BETWEEN THE
EAST AND THE WEST
All the animals will move from the east to the west, and so also
from the north to the south.
OF THE MOVEMENT OF THE WATERS WHICH CARRY
LOGS THAT ARE DEAD
Bodies without life will move of themselves and will carry with them
innumerable generations of the dead, plundering the possessions of the
OF EGGS WHICH BEING EATEN CANNOT PRODUCE
Oh! how many will those be who will never be born.
OF FISHES WHICH ARE EATEN WITH THEIR ROES
Endless generations will perish through the death of the pregnant.
OF THE BEASTS FROM WHOM CHEESE IS MADE
The milk will be taken from the tiny children.
OF THE LAMENTATIONS MADE ON GOOD FRIDAY
In all the parts of Europe there shall be lamentations by great nations
for the death of one man.
OF THE HAFTS OF KNIVES MADE OF RAMS' HORNS
In the horns of animals shall be seen sharp irons, which shall take
away the lives of many of their species.
OF THE NIGHT WHEN ONE CANNOT DISTINGUISH
It shall even come to pass that it will be impossible to tell the differ-
ence between colours, for all will become black in hue.
OF SWORDS AND SPEARS WHICH OF THEMSELVES
NEVER DO ANY HARM TO ANYONE
That which of itself is gentle and void of all oflence will become
terrible and ferocious by reason of evil companionship, and will take
the lives of many people with the utmost cruelty; and it would slay
many more if it were not that these are protected by bodies which are
themselves without life, which have come forth out of pits — that is by
cuirasses of iron.
OF GINS AND SNARES
Many dead will move with fury, and will take and bind the living,
and will set them before their enemies in order to compass their death
OF THE PRECIOUS METALS
There shall come forth out of dark and gloomy caves that which
shall cause the whole human race to undergo great afflictions, perils,
and death. To many of those who follow it, after much tribulation it
will yield delight; but whosoever pays it no homage will die in want
and misery. It shall bring to pass an endless number of crimes; it shall
prompt and incite wretched men to assassinate, to steal, and to enslave;
it shall hold its own followers in suspicion; it shall deprive free cities
of their rank: it shall take away life itself from many; it shall make
men torment each other with many kinds of subterfuge, deceits, and
O vile monster! How much better were it for men that thou shoultlst
go hack to hell! For this the vast forests shall be stripped of their trees;
for this an infinite number of creatures shall lose their lives.
From small beginnings shall arise that which shall rapidly become
great; and it shall have respect for no created thing, but its power shall
be such as to enable it to transform almost everything from its natural
OF SHIPS THAT FOUNDER
There shall be seen huge bodies devoid of life, carrying great num-
bers of men with fierce speed to the destruction of their lives.
c.a. 370 r. a
OF WRITING LETTERS FROM ONE COUNTRY TO
Men from the most remote countries shall speak one to another and
OF THE HEMISPHERES WHICH ARE INFINITE AND DIVIDED
BY AN INFINITE NUMBER OF LINES, IN SUCH A WAY
THAT EVERY MAN HAS ALWAYS ONE OF
THESE LINES BETWEEN HIS FEET
Men shall speak with and touch and embrace each other while
standing each in different hemispheres, and shall understand each
OF PRIESTS WHO SAY MASS
Many shall there be who in order to practise their calling shall put
on the richest vestments, and these shall seem to be made after the
manner of aprons.
OF FRIARS WHO HOLD CONFESSION
The unhappy women of their own accord shall go to reveal to men
?11 their wantonness and their shameful and most secret acts.
OF THE CHURCHES AND HABITATIONS OF FRIARS
There will be many who will abandon work and labour and poverty
of life and possessions, and will go to dwell among riches and in
splendid buildings, pretending that this is a means of becoming accept-
able to God.
OF THE SELLING OF PARADISE
A countless multitude will sell publicly and without hindrance
things of the very greatest value, without licence from the Lord of
these things, which were never theirs nor in their power; and human
justice will take no account of this.
OF THE DEAD WHO ARE TAKEN TO BE BURIED
The simple folk will carry a great number of lights to light up the
journeys of all those who have wholly lost the power of sight. O
human folly! O madness of mankind! These two phrases stand for
the commencement of the matter.
OF THE DOWRIES OF MAIDENS
And whereas at first young maidens could not be protected from the
lust and violence of men, either by the watchfulness of parents or by
the strength of walls, there will come a time when it will be necessary
for the fathers and relatives of these maidens to pay a great price to
whoever is willing to marry them, even although they may be rich and
noble and exceedingly beautiful. Herein it seems certain that Nature
desires to exterminate the human race, as a thing useless to the world
and the destroyer of all created things.
OF THE CRUELTY OF MAN
Creatures shall be seen upon the earth who will always be fighting
one with another, with very great losses and frequent deaths on either
side. These shall set no bounds to their malice; by their fierce limbs a
great number of the trees in the immense forests of the world shall be
laid level with the ground; and when they have crammed themselves
with food it shall gratify their desire to deal out death, affliction,
labours, terrors and banishment to every living thing. And by reason
of their boundless pride they shall wish to rise towards heaven, but the
excessive weight of their limbs shall hold them down. There shall be
nothing remaining on the earth or under the earth or in the waters
that shall not be pursued and molested or destroyed, and that which
is in one country taken away to another; and their own bodies shall
be made the tomb and the means of transit of all the living bodies
which they have slain. O Earth! what delays thee to open and hurl
them headlong into the deep fissures of thy huge abysses and caverns,
and no longer to display in the sight of heaven so savage and ruthless
OF SAILING IN SHIPS
The trees of the vast forests of Taurus and of Sinai, of the Apen-
nines and of Atlas, shall be seen speeding by means of the air from
east to west, and from north to south, and transporting by means of
the air a great quantity of men. Oh, how many vows! How many
deaths! What partings between friends and relatives shall there be!
How many who shall nevermore behold their own lands or their
native country, and shall die unsepulchred and their bones be scattered
in divers parts of the world!
OF REMOVING ON ALL SAINTS' DAY
Many shall leave their own dwellings, and shall carry with them all
their goods and go to dwell in other lands.
OF ALL SOULS' DAY
How many will there be who will mourn for their dead ancestors,
carrying lights for them!
OF FRIARS WHO BY SPENDING ONLY WORDS RECEIVE
GREAT RICHES AND BESTOW PARADISE
Invisible money will cause many who spend it to triumph.
OF BOWS MADE FROM THE HORNS OF OXEN
Many there will be who by means of the horns of cattle will die
a painful death. c.a. 370 v. a
Behold a thing which is valued the less the more one has need of it.
It is advice. c 19 v.
And many have made a trade in deceits and feigned miracles, cozen-
ing the foolish herd, and if no one showed himself cognizant of their
deceits they would impose them upon all. f 5 v.
By the branch of the nut-tree which is struck and beaten just when
it has brought its fruit to perfection, is represented those who as the
sequel of their illustrious works are struck by envy in divers ways.
g 88 v.
All these things which in the winter are concealed and hidden be-
neath the snow, will be left bare and exposed in summer: — said of a
lie which cannot remain hidden. 1 39 v.
You will see the lion tribe tearing open the earth with hooked claws,
and burying themselves in the holes that they have made, together
with the other ammals which are in subjection to them.
There shall come forth from the ground creatures clad in darkness
who shall attack the human race with tremendous onslaughts, and it
shall have the blood poisoned by their fierce bites even while it is
devoured by them.
There shall also hurtle through the air a tribe of dreadful winged
creatures who shall attack both men and beasts, and feed upon them
with loud cries: — They shall fill their bellies full of crimson blood.
1 63  r.
You will see the blood streaming forth from the rent flesh of men
and bedewing the surface parts.
You will see men with so cruel a malady that they will tear their
flesh with their own nails: — This will be the itch.
You will sec plants continuing without leaves, and rivers standing
still in their courses.
The water of the sea shall rise above the high summits of the moun-
tains towards the sky, and it shall fall down again on to the dwellings
of men: — That is as clouds.
You will see the greatest trees of the forests borne by the fury of the
winds, from the east to the west: — That is across the sea.
Men shall cast away their own food: — That is in sowing.
163  v.
The generation of men shall come to such a pass as not to under-
stand one another's speech: — That is a German with a Turk.
You will see fathers giving up their daughters to the sensuality of
men, and rewarding them, and abandoning all their former care: —
When the girls are married.
Men shall come forth out of the graves changed to winged creatures,
and they shall attack other men, taking away their food even from
their hands and tables: — The flies.
Many there will be who will flay their own mother and fold back
her skin: — The tillers of the ground.
Happy will be those who give ear to the words of the dead: — The
reading of good works and the observing of their precepts.
1 64  r.
Feathers shall raise men towards heaven even as they do birds: —
That is by letters written with their quills.
The works of men's hands will become the cause of their death: —
Swords and spears.
Men will pursue the thing they most fear: — That is they will be
miserable lest they should fall into misery.
Things severed shall be united and shall acquire of themselves such
virtue that they shall restore to men their lost memory: — That is the
papyrus sheets, which are formed out of severed strips and preserve the
memory of the thoughts and deeds of men.
You shall behold the bones of the dead by their rapid movement
directing the fortunes of their mover: — The dice.
Oxen shall by their horns protect the fire from death : — The lantern.
The forests will bring forth young who will become the cause of
their death: — The handle of the hatchet. i 64  v.
Men will deal rude blows to that which is the cause of their life: —
They will thrash the grain.
The skins of animals will make men rouse from their silence with
loud cries and oaths: — Balls for playing games.
Many times the thing that is severed becomes the cause of great
union: — That is the comb made up of split canes, which unites the
threads in the silk.
The wind which passes through the skins of animals will make men
leap up: — That is the bagpipes, which cause men to dance.
165  r.
OF NUT-TREES WHICH ARE BEATEN
Those which have done best will be most beaten, and their children
will be carried ofl and stripped or despoiled, and their bones broken
Alas! whom do I see? The Saviour crucified again.
OF THE MOUTH OF MAN WHICH IS A TOMB
There shall come forth loud noises out of the tombs of those who
have died by an evil and violent death.
OF THE SKINS OF ANIMALS WHICH HAVE THE SENSE
OF FEELING OF WHAT IS WRITTEN THERE
The more you converse with skins covered over with sentiments,
the more you will acquire wisdom.
OF PRIESTS WHO BEAR THE HOST IN THEIR BODIES
Then almost all the tabernacles where dwells the Corpus Domini
will be plainly visible, walking about of themselves on the different
roads of the world. 1 65  v.
And those who feed the air will turn night into day : — Tallow.
And many creatures of the earth and of* the water will mount up
among the stars: — The Planets.
You shall see the dead carrying the living in divers parts of the
world: — The chariots and ships.
From many the food shall be taken away out of their mouths: —
And those who have their mouths filled by the hands of others, shall
have the food taken away out of their mouths: — The oven.
1 66  r.
OF CRUCIFIXES WHICH ARE SOLD
I see Christ again sold and crucified, and his saints suffering martyr-
OF DOCTORS WHO LIVE UPON THE SICK
Men will come to such a state of misery that they will be grateful
that others should profit by their sufferings, or by the loss of their true
riches, that is health.
Of the religion of the Friars who live by means of the Saints, who
have been dead for a long time:
Those who are dead will after a thousand years be those who will
make provision for many of the living.
OF STONES CHANGED INTO LIME WITH WHICH
PRISON WALLS ARE BUILT
Many things which have previously been destroyed by fire will
deprive many men of their liberty. 1 66  v.
OF CHILDREN WHO TAKE THE BREAST
Many Franciscans, Dominicans, and Benedictines will eat that which
has recently been eaten by others, and they will remain many months
before being able to speak.
OF COCKLES AND SEA-SNAILS CAST UP BY THE SEA
WHICH ROT WITHIN THEIR SHELLS
How many shall there be who after they are dead will lie rotting in
their own houses, filling all the air around with their foul stench!
i 6y  r.
PLANT WITH ROOTS UPWARDS
For someone who would be on the point of coming to the end of all
possessions and favour.
OF JACKDAWS AND STARLINGS
Those who trust themselves to inhabit near him, and these will be
in great crowds, will almost all die a cruel death, and one will see
fathers and mothers together with their families being devoured and
slain by cruel animals. 1 138  v.
OF PEASANTS WHO WORK IN THEIR SHIRTS
Shadows will come from the East which will tinge with much dark-
ness the sky that covers Italy.
OF THE BARBERS
All men will take refuge in Africa. 1 139  r.
OF THE SHADOW CAST BY MAN AT NIGHT WITH A
There shall appear huge figures in human shape, and the nearer to
you they approach the more will their immense size diminish.
K SO [il V.
OF MULES WHICH CARRY RICH BURDENS OF SILVER
Many treasures and great riches will be laid upon four-footed ani-
mals, which will carry them to divers places. l 91 r.
Those will be drowned who give light for divine service: —
The bees which make the wax of the candles.
The dead will come forth from under the earth, and by their fierce
movements will drive innumerable human creatures out of the
world : —
The iron which comes from under the earth is dead, and it makes
the weapons wherewith so many men have been slain.
The greatest mountains, even though they are remote from the sea
borders, will drive the sea from its place: —
That is by the rivers which carry down the soil they have taken
from the mountains and deposit it upon the sea shores; and where
the earth comes the sea retires.
The water fallen from the clouds will so change its nature as to
remain for a long space of time upon the slopes of the mountains
without making any movement. And this will happen in many and
divers regions: —
The snow that falls in flakes which is water.
The great rocks of the mountains will dart forth fire, such that they
will burn up the timber of many vast forests and many beasts both
wild and tame: —
The flint of the tinder-box, which makes a fire that consumes all
the loads of faggots of which the forests are cleared, and with this
the flesh of beasts is cooked.
Oh! how many great buildings will be ruined by reason of fire: —
By the fire of the guns.
The oxen will become in great part the cause of the destruction of
cities; and so also will horses and buffaloes: —
They draw the guns.
Many there will be who will wax great in their destruction: —
The ball of snow rolling over the snow.
There will be a great host who, forgetful of their existence and their
name, will lie as though dead upon the spoils of other dead creatures: —
By sleeping upon the feathers of birds.
The east shall be seen to rush into the west, the south into the north,
whirling themselves round about the universe with great noise, fury
and trembling: —
The wind from the east which will rush into the west.
The rays of the sun will kindle fire on the earth, whereby that which
is beneath the sky will be set alight; and, beaten back by that which
impedes them, they will return downwards: —
The burning-glass kindles the fire with which the oven is heated,
and this has its base standing beneath its vaulted roof.
A great part of the sea will fly towards the sky, and for a long time
it will not return: —
That is in clouds. b.m. 42 v.
OF CORN AND OTHER SEEDS
Men shall throw away out of their houses those victuals which were
meant for the sustenance of their lives: — [That is by sowing.]
OF TREES WHICH GIVE SAP TO GRAFTED SHOOTS
Fathers and mothers shall be seen to bestow much more attention
upon their step-children than upon their own children.
OF THE THURIFER WITH INCENSE
Some shall go about in white vestments with arrogant gestures
threatening others with metal and fire, which yet have never done
them any harm. b.m. 2I2 v -
The time of Herod shall return; for the innocent children shall be
torn away from their nurses and shall die of great wounds at the hands
of cruel men. Forster B 9 v -
OF THE MOWING DOWN OF GRASS
Innumerable lives will be extinguished, and innumerable vacant
spaces created upon the earth.
OF THE LIFE OF MEN WHO EVERY TEN YEARS ARE
CHANGED IN BODILY SUBSTANCE
Men will pass when dead through their own bowels.
Many animals . . . Forster n 34 r.
OF LEATHER BOTTLES
The goats will carry wine to the cities. Forster 11 52 v.
Men will take a pleasure in seeing their own works worn out and
destroyed. Forster 11 61 v.
They live together in communities. They are drowned in order that
their honey may be seized.
Many and very great communities will be drowned in their own
dwellings. Windsor: Drawings 12587 r.
Snow in summer shall be gathered on the high mountain peaks and
carried to warm places, and there be let to fall down, when festival
are held in the piazza in the time of summer. Sul Volo 14  r.