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A PROPHECY OF THE JUDGMENT DAY
In Parchment writ, and wrapt in Lead,
most close vnto the ground. Within a Churches wall, which then,
was pulled downe to mend: Which shew'd eare thirteene yeeres were past,
the world should come to end.
The first Prophesie for the yeere, 16 2 o.1
7   The wordes were these, which then were found:
within this sacred place, Great Warres shalbe in Italy,
within this little space. Which is no doubt Gods handy worke,
to Plague them for their pride: Which doth with foule Idolatry,
his holy name deride.
The Second Prophesie for the yeere 1622.
8   There shall not be a shepheard left,
to feed the silly Flocke: Then let vs pray that in our hearts,
he Graft a surer stocke; And that we may not be bereft,
of Pasters, vs to teach: But that amongst vs he will send,
good men his word to Preach.
The third Prophesie for the yeere 1623.
9   The wrath of God shall shew it selfe,
throughout the world so wide: Which he will powre vpon vs all,
for our incessant Pride, Then let vs pray with full consent,
that he may hold his hand: And that he will not wreake his wrath,
vpon our sinfull Land. 1 Read 1621?
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