Mother Shipton's prophecy

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Mother Shipton's prophecy
attributed to Mother Shipton and later authors
extracted from Mother Shipton investigated, Ch.1 p.13, 1881, reprinting "p. 450 of Notes and Queries, December 7th, 1872"
Also known by the incipit "Carriages without horses shall go". Authorship is discussed in the above works, especially Mother Shipton investigated Ch. 5


"(Entitled by Popular tradition 'Mother Shipton's Prophecy,')

"Published in 1448, republished in 1641.

"Carriages without horses shall go,
And accidents fill the world with woe.
Around the world thoughts shall fly
In the twinkling of an eye.
The world upside down shall be
And gold be found at the root of a tree.
Through hills man shall ride,
And no horse be at his side.
Under water men shall walk,
Shall ride, shall sleep, shall talk.
In the air men shall be seen,
In white, in black, in green;
Iron in the water shall float,
As easily as a wooden boat.
Gold shall be found and shown
In a land that's now not known.
Fire and water shall wonders do,
England shall at last admit a foe.
The world to an end shall come,
In eighteen hundred and eighty one."