Samuel Sewall's Prophecy

: Myths And Legends Of Our Own Land

The peace of Newbury is deemed to be permanently secured by the prophecy

of Samuel Sewall, the young man who married the buxom daughter of

Mint-Master John Hull, and received, as wedding portion, her weight in

fresh-coined pine-tree shillings. He afterward became notorious as one of

the witchcraft judges. The prophecy has not been countervailed, nor is it

likely to be, whether the conditions are kept or not. It runs in this
r /> wise:

As long as Plum island shall faithfully keep the commanded Post,

Notwithstanding the hectoring words and hard blows of the proud and

boisterous ocean; As long as any Salmon or Sturgeon shall swim in the

streams of Merrimack, or any Perch or Pickeril in Crane Pond; As long as

the Sea Fowl shall know the time of their coming, and not neglect

seasonably to visit the places of their acquaintance; As long as any

Cattel shall be fed with Grass growing in the meadows which doe humbly

bow themselves before Turkie Hill; As long as any Sheep shall walk upon

Old town Hills, and shall from thence look pleasantly down upon the River

Parker and the fruitful Marishes lying beneath; As long as any free and

harmless Doves shall find a White Oak or other Tree within the township

to perch or feed, or build a careless Nest upon, and shall voluntarily

present themselves to perform the office of Gleaners after Barley

Harvest; As long as Nature shall not grow old and dote, but shall

constantly remember to give the rows of Indian Corn their education by

Pairs; So long shall Christians be born there and being first made meet,

shall from thence be translated to be made partakers of the Saints of