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Poem by Walter Raleigh


On the Cards and Dice


BEFORE the sixth day of the next new year,	
Strange wonders in this kingdom shall appear:	
Four kings shall be assembled in this isle,	
Where they shall keep great tumult for awhile.	
Many men then shall have an end of crosses,
And many likewise shall sustain great losses;	
Many that now full joyful are and glad,	
Shall at that time be sorrowful and sad;	
Full many a Christians heart shall quake for fear,	
The dreadful sound of trump when he shall hear.	
Dead bones shall then be tumbled up and down,	
In every city and in every town.	
By day or night this tumult shall not cease,	
Until an herald shall proclaim a peace;	
An herald strong, the like was never born,
Whose very beard is flesh and mouth is horn.



Walter Raleigh


Walter Raleigh's other poems:
  1. On Being Challenged to Write an Epigram in the Manner of Herrick
  2. Sestina Otiosa
  3. If Cynthia Be a Queen
  4. His Pilgrimage
  5. The Passionate Mans Pilgrimage


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