The witch of Edmonton

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Buchdr. von H. John, 1904 - 36 pages

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Page 10 - Or anything that's ill ; so I might work Revenge upon this miser, this black cur, That barks and bites, and sucks the very blood Of me, and of my credit.
Page 9 - And hated like a sickness : made a scorn To all degrees and sexes. I have heard old beldams Talk of Familiars in the shape of mice, Rats, ferrets, weasels, and I wot not what, That have appear'd ; and suck'd, some say, their blood.
Page 10 - I'd go out of myself, And give this fury leave to dwell within This ruined cottage, ready to fall with age : Abjure all goodness, be at hate with prayer, And study curses, imprecations, Blasphemous speeches, oaths, detested oaths, Or...
Page 30 - Dog. I'll thus much tell thee : thou never art so distant From an evil spirit but that thy oaths, Curses, and blasphemies pull him to thine elbow ; Thou never tell'st a lie, but that a devil Is within hearing it ; thy evil purposes Are ever haunted ; but when they come to act, — As thy tongue slandering, bearing false witness, Thy hand stabbing, stealing, cozening, cheating, — He's then within thee : thou play'st, he bets upon thy part; Although thou lose, yet he will gain by thee.
Page 7 - Cause I am poor, deform'd, and ignorant, And like a bow buckled and bent together By some more strong in mischiefs than myself; Must I for that be made a common sink For all the filth and rubbish of men's tongues To fall and run into ? Some call me Witch, And being ignorant, of myself, they go About to teach me how to be one : urging That my bad tongue (by their bad usage made so) Forespeaks their cattle, doth bewitch their corn, Themselves, their servants, and their babes at nurse : This they enforce...
Page 4 - Elizabeth Sawyer was a poor woman, that in the superstitious reign of James the First probably incurred the displeasure of some more potent neighbour, who, having no just cause of complaint to allege against her, accused her of witchcraft ; a crime that, of all others, was at this period most dreaded : very little time was allowed between the accusation, condemnation, and death of a suspected witch ; and if a voluntary confession was wanting, they never failed extorting a forced one by tormenting...
Page 13 - Out, alas! My soul and body ? Dog. And that instantly, And seal it with thy blood ; if thou deniest, I'll tear thy body in a thousand pieces.
Page 21 - Saw. I am none. None but base curs so bark at me; I am none. Or would I were! if every poor old woman, Be trod on thus by slaves, reviled, kick'd, beaten, As I am daily, she to be revenged Had need turn witch. Sir Ar. And you to be revenged Have sold your soul to th
Page 4 - The wonderfull discoverie of Elizabeth Sawyer, a witch, late of Edmonton ; her conviction, and condemnation and death ; together with the [relation of the] divel's accesse to her, and their conference together.
Page 30 - Were it not possible for thee to become an honest dog yet?— 'Tis a base life that you lead, Tom, to serve witches, to kill innocent children, to kill harmless cattle, to stroy ' corn and fruit, etc. : 'twere better yet to be a butcher and kill for yourself.

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