“I’ll speak a prophecy ere I go:
When priests are more in word than matter;
When brewers mar their malt with water;
When nobles are their tailors’ tutors;
No heretics burn’d, but wenches’ suitors;
When every case in law is right;
No squire in debt, nor no poor knight;
When slanders do not live in tongues;
Nor cutpurses come not to throngs;
When usurers tell their gold i’ the field;
And bawds and whores do churches build;
Then shall the realm of Albion
Come to great confusion:
Then comes the time, who lives to see’t,
That going shall be used with feet.
This prophecy Merlin shall make; for I live before his time.”
The quote above is spoken by The Fool in King Lear.
It’s very apt…..’This prophecy Merlin shall make;’
I’ve put this one off because it’s gonna take a lot of brain power!
Not only is there the Shakespeare play, there is also the “hidden history,” Geoffrey of Monmouth and the Four Branches of the Mabinogion to read through.
Having spent the past few years studying ‘Celtic’ myths and legends, there’s a chance that I may get lost inside Llŷr and Medieval Welsh texts again.
A strange journey…Wales, Ireland, England, France, Russia… and finally, Tartary.
“O! That way madness lies.”