A Treatise of Magic Incantations

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E. & G. Goldsmid, 1886 - Incantations - 54 pages

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Page 11 - ... concerning the gods and virtue, — as if it were a matter of course, that the gods allot misfortunes and an evil life to many good men, and to the opposite, an opposite fate. Pedlar-priests t also, and prophets, frequenting the gates of the rich, persuade them, that they possess a power granted them by the gods, of expiating by sacrifices and incantations in the midst of pleasures and feastings, whatever injustice has been committed by any one, or his forefathers...
Page 25 - SOCRATES. What, old man? STREPSIADES. I have got a device for cheating them of the interest. SOCRATES. Exhibit it. STREPSIADES. Now tell me this, pray; if I were to purchase a Thessalian witch, and draw down the moon by night, and then shut it up, as if it were a mirror, in a round crest-case, and then carefully keep itSOCRATES. What good, pray, would this do you? STREPSIADES. What? If the moon were to rise no longer anywhere, I should not pay the interest. SOCRATES. Why so, pray? STREPSIADES. Because...

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