"Merlin saith that in England shall be seen strange things, as preaching of traitors, great rain and wind, great
hunger among the common people, great oppression of blood, great imprisonment of many men and great
battle; so that there shall be few or no quiet place to abide in; the Prince shall forsake men of the church,
Lords shall forsake righteousness, counsel of the aged shall not be set by; religious men and women shall
be thrust out of their houses; the common people for fear shall not know which way to turn; parents shall be
hated by their children, men of worship shall have no reverence of others; adultery shall abound among all;
with more ill than I can tell of, from which God us defend."
[From Sunday Prophecies of Merlin, Becket, and Others, Author Unknown, published in London in 1652.]
"Luxury shall overspread the land, and fornication shall not cease to debauch mankind. Famine shall then
return, and the inhabitants shall grieve for the destruction of their cities. In those days the oaks of the
forests shall burn, and acorns grow upon lime trees! The Severn sea shall discharge itself through seven
mouths, and the river Usk burn for seven months! Fishes shall die in the heat thereof, and from them
serpents will be born."
"The baths of Badon [hot springs of Bath] shall grow cold, and their salubrious waters engender death!
London shall mourn for the death of twenty thousand, and the river Thames shall be turned to blood! The
monks in the cowls shall be forced to marry, and their cry shall be heard upon the mountains of the Alps."
"The seas shall rise up in the twinkling of an eye, and the dust of the ancients shall be restored."
[From The History of the Kings of Britain, The Prophecies of Merlin by Geoffrey of Monmouth.]