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" 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. "
Dramatic Works of John Ford ... - Page 472
by John Ford - 1827
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The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb: Dramatic specimens and the Garrick plays

Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb - 1904
...scorn To all degrees and sexes. I have heard old beldams Talk of Familiars in the shape of mice, Rate, ferrets, weasels, and I wot not what, That have appear'd...But by what means they came acquainted with them, I'm now ignorant. Would some power good or bad, Instruct me which way I might be reveng'd Upon this...
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Thomas Dekker

Thomas Dekker - Fortune - 1904 - 473 pages
...Gifford. 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 appeared, and sucked, some say, their blood ; But by what means they came acquainted with them •...
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The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb: Dramatic specimens and the Garrick plays

Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb - 1904
...shunn'd 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 haveappear'd ; and suck'd, some say, their blood. But by what means they came acquainted with them,...
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Shakespeare's Predecessors in the English Drama

John Addington Symonds - Drama - 1904 - 551 pages
...familiars in the shape of mice, Bats, ferrets, weasels, and I wot not what, That have appeared, and sucked, some say, their blood ; But by what means they came acquainted with them, I now am ignorant. Would some power, good or bad, Instruct me which way I might be revenged Upon this...
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Quentin Durward

Walter Scott - English fiction - 1905 - 529 pages
...familiar spirit. A demon or evil spirit. Lat. famiiiaris, an intimate. Cf. "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 sucked, some say, their blood." — Witch of Edmonton, II, 1. 436 : 7. The allegro and the penseroso....
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Shakespeare's Tragedy of Macbeth

William Shakespeare - 1907 - 193 pages
...The Witch of Edmonton, written by contemporaries of Shakspere, we read I have heard old beldams Talk of familiars in the shape of mice, Rats, ferrets, weasels, and I wot not what. It is of interest to recall in this connection that, even in the nineteenth century and in the great...
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The Elizabethan People

Henry Thew Stephenson - England - 1910 - 412 pages
...Witch of Edmonton, occurs the following allusion to familiars : — "I have heard old beldames Talk of familiars in the shape of mice, Rats, ferrets, weasels, and I wot not what, That have appeared and sucked, some say, their blood; But by what means they came acquainted with them I am now...
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Quentin Durward

Walter Scott - Durward, Quentin (Fictitious character) - 1913 - 529 pages
...spirit. A demon or ęTil spirit. Lat. familiaris, an intimate. Cf. " 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 sucked, some say, their blood." — Witch of Edmonton, II, 1. 436 : 7. The allegro and the penseroso....
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The Cat in Magic and Myth

M. Oldfield Howey - Social Science - 2003 - 254 pages
...full control of their familiar animals, so followed the ancient means. " I have heard old beldams Talk of familiars in the shape of mice, Rats, ferrets,...That have appear'd, and suck'd, some say, their blood " is the testimony of the seventeenth-century dramatists, Ford and Dekker. In 1618 two old women were...
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William Shakespeare's Macbeth: A Sourcebook

Alexander Leggatt - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 197 pages
...or invocations, May the thing call'd 'familiar' be purchas'd? [...] I have heard old beldams3 Talk of familiars in the shape of mice, Rats, ferrets,...blood. But by what means they came acquainted with them I'm now ignorant. Would some power, good or bad, Instruct me which way I might be reveng'd Upon this...
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