MOTHER SHIPTON'S PROPHECIES
By Jeffrey Brackeen
Most of this material was first publicized in Issue 34, THE STANDARD
(a magazine I published in Missoula MT.), April 26, 1975.
I again published some of this material in my book, FORBIDDEN TRUTHS REVEALED, P.480, 1994
But there were portions of her prophecies that I did not publish because of the sensational nature of the material.
I feared that it would have been rejected out of hand and indeed there were portions of her prophecy that I did not understand, myself, because the events she predicted had not yet occurred. One of her prophecies has to do with World War III and the use of germ warfare that left many people with a condition "worse than Leprosy".
I believe it is now time for us to revisit this amazing woman and review her prophecies, for unlike Nostradamas who wrote in riddles, that were open to all kinds of interpretations, her prophecies were written in plain, straightforward English.
MOTHER SHIPTON’S BACKGROUND
The Encyclopedia Britanniaca says: "Tradition has it that her maiden-name was Ursula Southill and that her parents were peasants, living near the Dropping Well, Yorkshire, and that she was born about 1486-1488, She was phenomenally ugly and was regarded by the neighbors as ‘the devil’s child’.
When she was about twenty-four, she married a builder of York, Tobias Shipton. She is said to have died at Clifton, Yorkshire, in 1561. . . ."Harrison recorder of her, "She was baptized by the Abbot of Berverly, under the name of Ursula Southill. Her stature was larger than common, her body crooked, her face frightful; but her understanding extraordinary."
William Lilly, who predicted the London Plague and Fire, long before they occurred, published a pamphlet in 1645, in which he wrote, "Mother Shipton’s prophecy was never questioned either for the verity or the antiquity:
The North of England has many more like her." She exhibited prophetic and psychic abilities from an early age. S. Baker, who published a book about her in 1797, says she foretold the very hour of her own death and departed from this life with much serenity, A.D.1561, when upwards of seventy years of age." He said that a monument marked the place of her burial, between the villages of Clifton and Shipton. It bore the following epitaph:
"Here ly’s she who never ly’d
whose skill often has been try’d
Her prophecies shall still survive,
And ever keep her name alive."
MOTHER SHIPTON’S PROPHECY RE: CARDINAL WOLEY
One of the most sensational prophecies credited to Mother shipton had to do with Cardinal Woley, the duke of Suffolk and other men prominent at the court of Henry VIII. Baker writes as follows about this incident:
"When Cardinal Wolsey intended to remove his residence to York, she announced that he would never reach the city. The Cardinal sent three lord of hi retinue in disguise, to inquire whether she had made such a prediction, and to threaten her if she persisted in it.
She was then living in a village called Dring Houses, a mile to west of the city. The retainers, led by a guide named Bealey, knocked at the door. "Come in, Mr. Beasley, and three noble lords with you" said Mother Shipton.
"She then treated them civilly, by setting oatcake and ale before them.
"You gave out," said the, "the Cardinal should never see York."
"No", she replied, "I said he might see it, but never come in to it."
"They responded: "When he does come he’ll surely burn thee" . . .
"Cardinal Wolsey, on hi arrival at Cawood, ascended the castle tower, and while viewing York, eight miles off, vowed he would burn the witch when he reached there. But ere he descended the stains a message from the King demanded his presence forthwith, and while on his journey to London, he was taken ill and died at Leicester."
"Mother Shipton was evidently a great student of the Prophetical Books of the Bible, for in her writings, she often says ‘Prophecy declares it so’."
"She saw what was going to take place in the 20th Century and the ‘Latter Days’. She wrote it in the form of a poem, published here in part:"
(This rare collection of Mother Shipton's prophecies was sent to us by a lady who says that more than thirty years ago, she painstakingly transcribed them and managed to smuggle them out of the Mitchell Library, Sydney (now the State Library of New South Wales). The originals were kept in a locked room, along with many other volumes of prophetic writings deemed unsuitable for viewing by the general public.) The following verses are hers:
"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 to cut off their locks of hair
They'll ride astride with brazen brow
As witches do on broomstick now.
Then love shall die and marriage cease
And nations wane as babes decrease
And wives shall fondle cats and dogs
And men live much the same as hogs.
A carriage without horse will go (automobile)
Disaster fill the world with woe.
In London, Primrose Hill shall be
In centre hold a Bishop's See
Around the world men's thoughts will fly (telephone)
Quick as the twinkling of an eye.
And water shall great wonders do. (steam power & hydro dams)
How strange. And yet it shall come true.
Then upside down the world shall be
And gold found at the root of tree
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
Through towering hills proud men shall ride
No horse or ass move by his side.(automobile)
Beneath the water, men shall walk
Shall ride, shall sleep, shall even talk.(submarine)
And in the air men shall be seen
In white and black and even 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 seen in stream and stone
In land that is yet unknown. (California Gold Rush)
And England shall admit a Jew
You think this strange, but it is true
The Jew that once was held in scorn
Shall of a Christian then be born.
A house of glass shall come to pass
In England. But Alas, alas
A war will follow with the work
Where dwells the Pagan and the Turk
These states will lock in fiercest strife
And seek to take each others life.
When North shall thus divide the south
And Eagle build in Lions mouth
Then tax and blood and cruel war
Shall come to every humble door.
Three times shall lovely sunny France
Be led to play a bloody dance
Before the people shall be free
Three tyrant rulers shall she see.
Three rulers in succession be
Each springs from different dynasty.
Then when the fiercest strife is done
England and France shall be as one.
The British olive shall next then twine
In marriage with a German vine.
Men walk beneath and over streams
Fulfilled shall be their wondrous dreams.
And roaring monsters with man atop (threshing machines)
Does seem to eat the verdant crop
And men shall fly as birds do now (airplanes)
And give away the horse and plough.
PLANNING WORLD WARS
There'll be a sign for all to see
Be sure that it will certain be.
In nineteen hundred and twenty six
Build houses light of straw and sticks.
For then shall mighty wars be planned
And fire and sword shall sweep the land.
When pictures seem alive with movements free (television)
When boats like fishes swim beneath the sea,
When men like birds shall scour the sky
Then half the world, deep drenched in blood shall die.
(This section was kept apart from the other and it appears to have been written together yet was in a separate jar.)
The signs will be there for all to read
When man shall do most heinous deeds
Man will ruin kinder lives
By taking them as their wives.
And murder foul and brutal deed
When men will only think of greed.
And men 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 talkings 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 (China)
From mighty bear with whom they've lain.(Russia)
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. (biological warfare)
And physics find no remedy
For this is worse than leprosy. (Anthrax??)
Oh many signs for all to see
The truth of this true prophecy.
For those who live the century through
In fear and trembling this shall do.
Flee to the mountains and the dens
To bog and forest and wild fens.
THE RETURN OF ASTEROID - COMET
For storms will rage and oceans roar
When Gabriel stands on sea and shore
And as he blows his wondrous horn
Old worlds die and new be born.
A fiery dragon will cross the sky
Six times before this earth shall die
Mankind will tremble and frightened be
for the sixth heralds in this prophecy.
For seven days and seven nights
Man will watch this awesome sight.
The tides will rise beyond their ken
To bite away the shores and then
The mountains will begin to roar
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.
THE EMERGENCE OF THE NEW EARTH
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 (unreadable) 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 Dragons 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.
The dragons tail is but a sign
For mankind's fall and man's decline.
And before this prophecy is done
I shall be burned at the stake, at one
My body singed and my soul set free
You think I utter blasphemy
You're wrong. These things have come to me
This prophecy will come to be.
(These verses were on the outer wrapping of the scrolls.)
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 (20th Century)
A dairy maid, a bonny lass
Shall kick this tone 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 mans sweets anothers bane
So I shall not have burned in vain." - Mother Shipton
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