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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. Sestina Otiosa
  2. If Cynthia Be a Queen
  3. On Being Challenged to Write an Epigram in the Manner of Herrick
  4. His Pilgrimage
  5. Nature, That Washed Her Hands In Milk

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