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OLD DEMDIKE – A WITCH’S TESTIMONY

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October 18, 2017

Black Paternoster

The Wise Woman’s Bedtime Prayer:

“Four newks in this house, for haly Angels,

A post in the midst, that’s Christ Jesus,

Lucas, Marcus, Matthew, Joannes,

God be into this house, and all that belongs us.”

 

 

 

 


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October 11, 2017

The Witch Test: Ten

They call this test Swimming the Witch or Trial by Water.

Ducking Stool

Thou shalt be bound up and thrown in the water while the townsfolk watch to see what happens.

If thou sink and drown – thou proves innocent.

If thou float it’s the sign of the witch – so thou shalt hang or burn!


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October 04, 2017

The Witch Test: Nine

For the ninth test, they’ll prick thee with a bodkin or a knife!

Pricks

If thou feel no pain when poked –

  or if thou fail to bleed –

           or if that spot is cold to the touch –    

               they’ll claim that’s proof of witchcraft!

 


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September 27, 2017

The Witch Test: Eight

If thou are suspected of being a wise woman or cunning man, they may try WITCH WATCHING:

The townsfolk will keep thee awake

and watch to see if any familiar spirit pays a visit.

If a demon appears in animal form –

then thou is certain to be in league with Satan!


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September 20, 2017

The Witch Test: Seven

Matteson

The seventh test they’ll try is PRICKING THE WITCH!

If thou has a birth mark, flea bite, spot, or scab – they’ll say it’s where the devil suckles.

It’s the sign of a pact made with Satan.

If they prick it, thou will feel no pain and neither shalt thou bleed!

Photo: T. H. Matteson


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September 13, 2017

The Witch Test: Six

The sixth test is the LAYING ON OF HANDS.

If thou touch someone throwin’ a fit –

and they stop suddenly –

they’ll claim thou art the cause of the affliction!


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September 06, 2017

The Witch Test: Five

 

 

Prayer

 

The PRAYER TEST is the hardest.

 

If thou can’t recite the Lord’s Prayer correctly –

 without any error or stumbling –

thou must be a witch indeed!


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August 30, 2017

The Witch Test: Four

Familiars

Does thou send forth a ghost in SPECTRAL FORM?

If a familiar spirit –

or spectral self –

or apparition from thee is seen by the villagers . . .

then thou art a witch!


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August 23, 2017

The Witch Test: Three

Have thou got any TOOLS OF THE CRAFT?

Tools

If thou make ointments, poisons, and herbals –

Or fashion wax dolls into likenesses –

Or learn from spell books and magic charts –

Aye, then they’ll claim thou are truly a wizard or witch!


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August 16, 2017

The Witch Test: Two

CONFESSION!

Confession

If folk think thou are a witch –

and thou make a free and voluntary confession to that effect –

then thou are indeed a witch.

 


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