Omens and Superstitions

Omens and Superstitions

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ...about two minutes, which was supposed to be sufficient to effect a cure. The custom has long ceased; it having been abolished, as a piece of contemptible superstition, the continuance of which it would be disgraceful to permit. The executioner was deprived of this lucrative part of his business, without receiving for it any compensation but the approval of persons of sense. Nevertheless, Dr. Burrowes's explanation of the charming of warts may in some degree be applied to this case. CHARM FOR THE CRAMP. "When I was a little boy at the Blue-coat School, (says Coleridge.) there was a charm for one's foot when asleep; and I believe it had been in the school since its foundation, in the time of Edward VI. The march of intellect has probably now exploded it. It ran thus: --"Foot I foot! foot! is fast asleep! Thumb I thumb! thumb! in spittle we steep: Crosses three we make to ease us, Two for the thieves, and one for Christ Jesus!" And the same charm served for a cramp in the leg, with the following substitution: --"The devil is tying a knot in my leg I Mark, Luke, and John, unloose it, I beg!--Crosses three, &c. And really, upon getting out of bed, where the cramp most frequently occurred, pressing the sole of the foot on the cold floor, and then repeating this charm with the acts configurative thereupon prescribed, I can safely aflirm that I do not remember an instance in which the cramp did not go away in a few seconds. I should not wonder if it were equally good for a stitch in the side; but I cannot say I ever tried it for that.'" Merlin, the enchanter, is the great hero of the Bretons, as he is of the Welsh; the same legends being common to both people. Among other lays respecting him is the...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236571622
  • 9781236571625