Witch Stories

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Chapman and Hall, 1861 - 428 pages
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Page 398 - Alcina from the crown of her head to the soles of her feet, that notwithstanding the grace, the facility, the soft elegance of his verse, Alcina is not beautiful.
Page 192 - 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 175 - 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 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 343 - ... pulled up to her thigh, and required the Scot to run the pin into the same place, and then it gushed out of blood, and the said Scot cleared her, and said she was not a child of the devil.
Page 391 - And his opinion was, that the devil in such cases did work upon the bodies of men and women, upon a natural foundation, (that is) to stir up, and excite such humors superabounding in their bodies to a great excess...
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 203 - Imprinted in London at the three Cranes, in the Vinetree, by Thomas Dawson. 1582.
Page 384 - She also received sixpence from the Devil, and " her Familiar did commonly suck her right Breast about seven at night in the shape of a little Cat of a dunnish Colour, which is as Smooth as a Want [mole], and when she is suckt, she is in a kind of Trance.
Page 176 - 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...

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