For offering to GodYe should not make till all things come to pass,Which God alone shall purpose not in vainTo be all fulfilled; and strong force shall urge. And then shall flow245 A mighty stream of burning fire from heavenAnd every place consume, earth, ocean vast,And gleaming sea, and lakes and rivers, springs,And cruel Hades and the heavenly sky. On the Mythical Chronology of the Egyptians and Chaldeans. For hereafter he410 Will pluck them from the restless flame, elsewhereRemove them, and for his own people's sakeSend them to other and eternal lifeWith the immortals, in Elysian field1,Where move far-stretching billows of the lake415 Of ever-flowing Acheron profound. And as an additional treat to really bless people's souls also included within this fantastic offering is two books of some forbidden knowledge of good and evil that's straight from the desk of James the Righteous, dicovered recently at the Dead Sea as scrolls 478 and 479 of the Essene sacred texts.
Ezra i, 4; vi, 8; vii, 15, 16, 225359. For with impudenceThey mocked their fathers and their mothers scorned;95 Kinsmen they knew not, and they formed intriguesAgainst their brothers. The offered to Tarquinius nine books of these prophecies; and as the king declined to purchase them, owing to the exorbitant price she demanded, she burned three and offered the remaining six to Tarquinius at the same stiff price, which he again refused, whereupon she burned three more and repeated her offer. These represent an oracle, or a combination of two oracles, of seventy hexameters in all. And into Asia there shall come great wealth,190 Which Rome herself once, plundering, put awayIn her luxurious homes; and twice as much9And more shall she to Asia render back,And then there shall be an excess of war. Truly now610 Not for a long time shall Chalcedon be. But when in three days he shall come again460 Unto the light, and show his form to men 1419.
These books were destroyed, partially in a fire in 83 B. Cancer remained not, for he feared Orion;Scorpio down on dire Leo backwards moved;And from the Sun's flame Sirius slipped away;705 And the strength of the mighty Shining OneAquarius kindled. O Ilium, I pity thee; for there shall bloomIn Sparta an Erinys5 very fair,Ever-famed, noblest scion, and shall leaveOn Asia and Europe a wide-spreading wave;520 But to thee most of all she'll bear and causeWailings and toils and groans; but there shall beUndying fame with those who are to come. On Samos and Delos comp. Whether any of these citations formed a portion of the Sibylline books once kept in Rome we cannot now determine; but the Roman capitol was destroyed by fire in the time of Sulla B.
Children will becomeprematurely old by reason of the woes destined to visitthe race in the last generation. The Sibylline Books should not be confused with the so-called Sibylline Oracles, which contained twelve books of prophecies thought to be of Judaeo-Christian origin. Scipio, according to some; Nero,according to others; but the reference is uncertain. And there shall be again a holy race725 Of godly men who, keeping to the counselsAnd mind of the Most High, shall honor muchThe great God's temple with drink-offerings,Burnt-offerings, and holy hecatombs,With sacrifices of fat bulls, choice rams,730 Firstlings of sheep and the fat thighs3 of lambs,Sacredly offering whole burnt-offeringsOn the great altar. Some have suggested that the surviving texts may include some fragments or remnants of the with a legendary provenance from the , which had been kept in temples in Rome.
And it certainly shall beThat the immortal Saviour against menWill send wrath if ye do not placate GodAnd from this time repent; and nothing more210 Fretful and evil lawlessly shall yeOne to another do, but let there beA guarding of one's self by holy life. In hexameter verse she thusexpounds the descent and exploits of Saturn. And kings against each other shall beginTo hold ill will, in heart abetting evils. And he shall destroy 1 478. And laws will he ordainFor peoples and put all things under him;But after a long time shall he transmitHis power unto another, who shall have30 Three hundred7 for his first initial sign,And of a river the beloved name,And the Persians he shall rule and Babylon;And then shall he smite Medians with his spear. Authors are not united as to how the book should be divided. But when on dashing waves the craft divineHad here and there o'er ocean's billows swum,It was made fast upon the narrow strand.
Compare, however,book i, 350-353; ii, 416-425. Ethiopians andIndians perish by conflict of the stars, 281-291. Woes of Lycia,Chalcedon, Cyzicus, Byzantium, Rhodes,Lydia, Samos, Cyprus, and Trallis, 642-582. O navigable waters and each landOf the Orient and of the Occident,Subject shall all things be to him who comes115 Into the world again, and therefore heHimself became first conscious of his power6. See Josephus, Mars, iii, vi,2, 3, and Tacitus, Hist. And he massed clouds, and bid the sun's bright disk,And moon, and stars, and circle of the heaven,Obscuring all things round; he thundered loud,270 Terror of mortals, sending lightnings forth;And all the winds together were aroused,And all the veins of water were unloosedBy opening of great cataracts from heaven,And from earth's caverns and the tireless deep275 Appeared the myriad waters, and the wholeIllimitable earth was covered o'er.
And then the blind shall see, the lame shall walk3,430 The deaf shall hearken, and the dumb shall speak. For they shall overthrowThe mighty temple of the Egyptian land;And God shall rain down on the earth dire wrathAmong them, so that all the wicked ones 4 654. Smyrna6, whirled down her cliffs, shall wail aloud,165 She that was once revered and given a nameShall perish utterly. In my whole body terror-stricken these5 I follow; for I know not1 that I speak, But God impels me to proclaim each thing. And oft shall mistress shear thy pretty hair,And wreaking satisfaction cast thee downFrom heaven to earth, and from the earth againRaise thee to heaven, for mortals of low rank450 And of unrighteous life are held fast bound. For it is written: 1 And it shall come to pass in the last days that God shall speak with a mighty voice To all rude people of an empty mind, who do not bow down unto His son.
It is evidently ofChristian origin, and was written probably as late as thethird century2 3 At a previous time3 14 Tartartus, the prison of the Titans, is here conceivedas encompassed by the earth and forming its interior. Hmus and south of theDanube. Next, succeeding himWho has the first mark of the initial sign60 Three hundred16, shall a Celtic mountaineer,Into the strife of battle pressing on,Escape not fate unseemly, but shall beWorn weary unto death; him foreign dust,But dust that of Nemea's flower17 has name,65 Shall hide a corpse. The Sibyl here pronounces woe on severalwell-known provinces and cities of Asia Minor, all whichhave been repeatedly shaken by earthquakes. But the most accurate limit is furnished by the threefold recurrence of the assurance, that the end will appear under the seventh king of Egypt of Hellenic race vers. A father purple-cladShall cut a warlike father off, and Ares,Baneful and hostile, by a grandson's handShall himself perish; and then shall the hornPlanted beside them forthwith bear the rule. Then a great destroyerOf pious men shall come, whom seven times ten13Shall point out clearly.