Creatures shall be seen upon the earth who will
always be fighting one
with another, with very great losses and
frequent deaths on cither side.
These shall set no bounds to their malice. ... 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 a monster?'
Some poor wretch will be flattered, and these
same flatterers will always be
him deceivers, robbers and assassins.
THE PERCUSSION OF THE
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
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
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
OF SNAKES CARRIED BY
Serpents of huge size will be seen at an immense
height in the air fighting
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.
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
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 piecemeal
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
OF MEN WHO SLEEP UPON
PLANKS MADE FROM TREES
Men will sleep and cat 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 there from shall seem to have
taken night 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
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 yourselves falling from great
heights without suffering any
injury; the torrents will bear you with them as
they mingle in their rapid
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 barbarously.
OF NUTS, OLIVES,
ACORNS, CHESTNUTS, AND THE LIKE
Many children shall be torn with pitiless
beatings out of the very arms of
their mothers, and flung upon the ground and
OF CHILDREN WHO ARE
WRAPPED IN SWADDLING BANDS
O cities of the sea, I behold in you your
citizens, women as well as 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
making tearful complaints, and
sighs, and lamentation one to another; for those
who bind you will not have
understanding of your speech nor will you
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 country.
OF ASSES WHICH ARE
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
lever 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
First of things which relate to the reasoning
animals, second those which
have not the power of reason, third of plants,
fourth of ceremonies, 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.
OF FUNERAL RITES AND
PROCESSIONS AND LIGHTS AND BELLS
The greatest honours and ceremonies shall be
paid to men without their knowledge.
All the astrologers will be castrated, that is
Arrange in order the months and the ceremonies
which are performed,
and do this for the day and for the night.
There will be many who will be moving one
against another, holding 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
PROPHECIES OF PLOUGHED
The earth will be seen turned upside down and
facing the opposite hemi-
spheres, 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
louses the victuals they have saved, as the free
booty of the birds and beasts
of the field, without taking any care of them.
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 together in great evolution.
(1) MS., si mostra a esso
OP BRICK-KILNS AND
At the last the earth will become red after
being exposed to fire for many
days, and the stones will become changed to
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
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.
OF BOOKS WHICH
Bodies without souls shall by their sayings
supply precepts which shall
help us to die well.
OF THOSE WHO ARE BEATEN
Men will hide themselves within the bark of
hollow trees, and there crying
aloud they will make martyrs of themselves by
beating their own limbs.
And they will go wild after the things that arc
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
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 arc 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 OK
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.
OF WEIGHT PLACED ON A
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
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 SINGLE ROPE
And many will be busying themselves with a thing
which the more they
draw it up will tend the more to escape in die
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 DEAD
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
OF MEN WHO PASS ABOVE
THE TREES WEARING WOODEN STILTS
The swamps will be so great that the men will go
above the trees of their
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
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 offer light to one who is blind, and to the
deaf they will appeal with
(1) MS.,faran lume a [chi]
e' orbo [. . .] sordi con gran [. . .] ore.
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 where so ever they
flee; and the movements of
the one shall be as those of the other, but it
shall seem a tiling to wonder at
because of the different dimensions which they
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 shall proceed
together, and often the one that is most real
OF WOODEN COFFERS WHICH
ENCLOSE MANY TREASURES
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 TO BED
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 THEIR EARS
There shall be heard in many parts of Europe
instruments of various sizes
making divers melodies, causing great weariness
to those who hear them
The many labours shall be repaid by hunger,
thirst, wretchedness, blows
OF SOLDIERS ON
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
OF STARS ON SPURS
By reason of the stars you will see men moving
as swiftly as any swift
OF A STICK WHICH IS A
The movement of the dead shall cause many who
arc 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
OF BEATING THE BED TO
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 barbarous
OF THE WALLS OF CITIES
REFLECTED IN THE WATER OF THEIR
The high walls of mighty cities shall be seen
inverted, in their trenches.
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
All men will suddenly change their hemisphere.
EVERY POINT FORMS A
DIVISION BETWEEN THE EAST AND THE
All the animals will move from the east to the
west, and so also from the
north to the south.
OF THE MOVEMENT OP 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 living
OF EGGS WHICH BEING EATEN CANNOT PRODUCE
Oh! how many will those be who will never be
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 ANY
It shall even come to pass that it will be
impossible to tell the difference
between colours, for all will become black in
OF SWORDS AND SPEARS
WHICH OF THEMSELVES NEVER DO
ANY HARM TO ANYONE
That which of itself is gentle and void of all
offence will become terrible
and ferocious by reason of evil companionship,
and will take die lives of many
people with the utmost cruelty; and it would
slay many more if it were not
that these arc protected by bodies which are
themselves without life, which
have come forth out of pits-that is by cuirasses
OP GINS AND SNARES
Many dead will move with fury, and will take and
bind the living, and will
I set them before their enemies in order to
compass their death and destruction.
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 treacheries.
O vile monster! How much better were it for men
that thou shouldst
go back to hell! For this the vast forests shall
be stripped of their trees; for
this an infinite number of creatures shall lose
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 condition.
OF SHIPS THAT FOUNDER
There shall be seen huge bodies devoid of life,
carrying great numbers of
men with fierce speed to the destruction of
OF WRITING LETTERS FROM
ONE COUNTRY TO ANOTHER
Men from the most remote countries shall speak
one to another and shall
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 other's language.
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
The unhappy women of their own accord shall go
to reveal to men all
their wantonness and their shameful and most
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 acceptable to God.
OF THE SELLING OP
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 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
OF THE DOWRIES OF
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 die 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 cither side.
These shall set no bounds to their malice; by
their fierce limbs a great num
ber 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 banish
ment 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
I 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 dis-
play in the sight of heaven so savage and
ruthless a monster?
OF SAILING IN SHIPS
The trees of the vast forests of Taurus and of
Sinai, of the Apennines 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
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
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
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.
Behold a thing which is valued the less the more
one has need of it. It is advice.
And many have made a trade in deceits and
feigned miracles, cozening
the foolish herd, and if no one showed himself
cognisant of their deceits they
would impose them upon all.
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
All these things which in the winter are
concealed and hidden beneath the
snow, will be left bare and exposed in
summer:-said of a he which cannot remain hidden.
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 die other
animals 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 lave the
blood poisoned by their fierce bites even while
it is devoured by than.
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
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
in their own nails:-This will be the itch.
You will see plants continuing without leaves,
and rivers standing still in their courses.
The water of the sea shall rise above the high
summits of the mountains
towards die sky, and it shall fail down again on
to the dwellings of men:-
That is as clouds.
You will sec the greatest trees of the forests
borne by the fury of the winds,
from the east to the west:-That is across the
Men shall cast away their own food:-That is in
The generation of men shall come to such a pass
as not to understand one
another's speech:-That is a German with a Turk.
I 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 die observing of their
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 die
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
The forests will bring forth young who will
become the cause of their
death:-The handle of the hatchet.
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
OF NUT-TREES WHICH ARE
Those which have done best will be most beaten,
and their children will
be carried off and stripped or despoiled, and
their bones broken and crushed.
Alas! whom do I see? The Saviour crucified
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.
And those who feed the air will turn night into
And many creatures of the earth and of the water
will mount up among
he stars:-The Planets.
You shall see the dead carrying the living in
divers parts of the world:- the chariots and
From many the food shall be taken away out of
their mouths:-From ovens.
And those who have their mouths filled by the
hands of others, shall have
the food taken away out of their mouths:-The
OF CRUCIFIXES WHICH ARE
I see Christ again sold and crucified, and his
saints suffering martyrdom.
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
Many things which have previously been destroyed
by fire will deprive
many men of their liberty.
OF CHILDREN WHO TAKE
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!
PLANT WITH ROOTS
For someone who would be on the point of coming
to the end of all
possessions and favour.
OF JACKDAWS AND
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.
OF PEASANTS WHO WORK IN
Shadows will come from the East which will tinge
with much darkness the
sky that covers Italy.
OF THE BARBERS
All men will take refuge in Africa.
OF THE SHADOW CAST BY
MAN AT NIGHT WITH A LIGHT
There shall appear huge figures in human shape,
and the nearer to you
hey approach the more will their immense size
OF MULES WHICH CARRY
RICH BURDENS OF SILVER AND GOLD
Many treasures and great riches will be laid
upon four-footed animals,
which will carry them to divers places.
Those will be drowned who give light for divine
The bees which make the wax of the candles.
The dead will come forth from under the earth,
and by their fierce move
nents 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,
fill 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
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
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
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
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
A great part of the sea will fly towards the
sky, and for a long time it will not return:-
That is in clouds.
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
Fathers and mothers shall be seen to bestow much
more attention upon
their step-children than upon their own
OF THE THURIFER WITH
Some shall go about in white vestments with
arrogant gestures threatening
others with metal and fire, which yet have never
done them any harm.
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
OF THE MOWING DOWN OF
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
Many animals . . .
OF LEATHER BOTTLES
The goats will carry wine to the cities.
Men will take a pleasure in seeing their own
works worn out and
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.
Snow in summer shall be gathered on the high
mountain peaks and carried
to warm places, and there be let to fall down,
when festivals are held in the
piazza in the time of summer.