In 539 B.C., during a great banquet, King Belshazzar gave orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets that his father had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so they might drink from them. During the festivities, a hand was seen writing a mysterious sentence on the wall of the chamber and which defied all attempts at interpretation.
Since then, the well-known phrase "the writing on the wall" has been used to foretell a coming misfortune that should have been avoided..
Byron wrote two poems on this subject. One of these ---Vision
of Belshazzar --- is in his Hebrew Melodies collection.
Click to read: To Belshazzar and Vision of Belshazzar
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