The comming of king Henrie into Ireland.
THESE things thus doone, and all prepared in a readinesse fit for such a noble
enterprise, and for which the king had staied a long time in Wales, he went to
saint Dauids church, where when he had made his praiers and doone his deuotion,
the wind and the wether well seruing, he tooke shipping and arriued vnto Waterford
in the kalends of Nouember, being saint Luks daie; hauing in his retinue
fiue hundred gentlemen of seruice, and of bowmen and horssemen a great number.
This was in the seuentéenth yeare of his reigne, the one & fortith of his age, and in
the yeare of our Lord one thousand one hundred seauentie & two, Alexander the
third then pope, Frederike then emperor, and Lewes then French king. And now
was fulfilled the prophesie of Merlin, that "A firie globe shall come out of the east,
Prophesies of Merlin and Molin fulfilled.
and shall deuour and consume all Ireland round about;" and likewise the prophesie
of saint Molin, that "Out of the east shall come a mightie hurling wind, & rush
thorough to the west, and shall run thorough and ouerthrow the force and strength