Witch Stories

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Chapman and Hall, 1861 - 428 pages
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Enter the magical world of witches with the book Witch Stories. The book is divided into sections which detail the witch legends from all over the world.

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Page 194 - In our childhood our mothers' maids have so terrified us with an ugly devil having horns on his head, fire in his mouth, and a tail...
Page 177 - Every old woman with a wrinkled face, a furred brow, a hairy lip, a gobber tooth, a squint eye, a squeaking voice, or a scolding tongue, having a rugged coat on her back, a skull-cap on her head, a spindle in her hand, and a dog or cat by her side, is not only suspected, but pronounced for a witch.
Page 327 - Cattell, or willing to give and afford as good Welcome and Entertainment, as other where I have beene, else I shall wave your Shire, (not as yet beginning in any Part of it myself) and betake me to such Places, where I doe, and may persist without Controle, but with Thanks and Recompense. So I humbly take my leave and rest, Your Servant to be Commanded,
Page 27 - Kirk of North Barrick in Lowthian ; and that after they had landed, tooke handes on the lande and daunced this reill or short daunce, singing all with one voice, Commer goe ye before, commer goe ye ; Gif ye will not goe before, commer let me.
Page 94 - Now all you that see me this day, know that I am now to die as a witch by my own confession, and I free all men, especially the ministers and magistrates, of the guilt of my blood. I take it wholly upon myself — my blood be upon my own head ; and as I must make answer to the God of Heaven presently, I declare I am as free of witchcraft as any child ; but being delated by a malicious woman, and put in prison under the name of a witch, disowned by my husband and friends, and seeing no ground of hope...
Page 378 - Mr Pacy keeps a great stir about his child, but let him stay until he hath done as much by his children as I have done by mine.' Being asked what she had done to hers, she replied that 'she had been fain to open her child's mouth with a tap to give it victuals'.
Page 226 - Did you ever see one more like a witch than she is ? take off her black thrumb cap, for I cannot abide to look at her.
Page 178 - Benedicamus domino:" why then, beware! look about you, my neighbors. If any of you have a sheep sick of the giddies, or a hog of the mumps, or a horse of the staggers, or a knavish boy of the school, or an idle girl of the wheel, or a young drab of the sullens, and hath not fat enough for her...
Page 371 - Cloths who went round the second time with them ; and then they met a thing in the Shape of a great black Toad which leapt up against the Examinant's Apron. In their third round they met somewhat in the shape of a Rat, which vanished away.
Page 179 - They that have their Brains baited, and their Fancies distemper'd with the Imaginations, and Apprehensions of Witches, Conjurers, and Fairies, and all that Lymphatical Chimaera, I find to be marshall'd in one of these five Ranks : Children, Fools, Women, Cowards, sick or black melancholick discompos'd Wits.

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