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A prophecy of the judgment day
Pepys, i, 36, B.L., three woodcuts, five columns. The margin of the first column is badly mutilated: missing letters have here been supplied in square brackets.
This ballad was printed about 1620, or a year or so earlier, presumably following a tract translated from the French. I have seen no such tract, but observe that in the diary of Richard Shanne, of Yorkshire (Additional MS. 38,599, fol. 58v), an entry is made of "A prophesie Found Vnder the ffbundation of A Church, didicated to the name of St Dinnis in Paris, in ffrance written in the Hebrew tongue, in Brasse, Inclosed in A tombe of Marble. Found An. 1617." Shanne then copied ten prophecies for the years 1621-1630, which correspond almost word for word with those given at the end of the ballad. There is a similar entry in the Diary of Walter Yonge for the year 1620 (ed. George Roberts, Camden Society, p. 38). The tune of The Lady's Fall is given in Chappell's Popular Music, 1, 196.
To the tune of the Ladyes fall.
I [The wjonders of the Lord are great,
[as] daylie may be seene, [In F]ier, Water, Ayre, and Earth,
[wjhich hath full often beene, [But no exam]pie doe we take,
[our wicked] courses runne, [And in our] age more sinne commit,
[than we] were new begun.