Thomas the rhymer prophesies
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
The Romance and Prophecies of Thomas of Erceldoune - edited by JAH Murray - early english text society 1875
Whilst visiting the castle of Dunbar one day, the Earl of March interrogated him in the jocular manner which he was wont to assume with the Rymour, what another day was to bring forth.
Thomas fetched a heavy sigh befitting to a prophet of doom and said
'Alas for tomorrow, a day of calamity and misery! Before the twelfth hour shall be heard a blast so vehement that it shall exceed all those that have been heard in Scotland; a blast which shall strike the nations with amazement, shall confound those who hear it, shall humble what is lofty and what is unbending shall level to the ground'
The earl scanning the weather the following morning, saw no signs of a storm and laughed at old Thomas. At the hour of noon, however, just as March sat down to dinner, a messenger galloped in announcing the death of King Alexander III, who had been thrown over a precipice at Kinghorn