Gypsy Sorcery and Fortune Telling: Illustrated by Numerous Incantations, Specimens of Medical Magic, Anecdotes and Tales, Volume 1

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T. Fisher Unwin, 1891 - Fortune-telling - 271 pages

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Page 244 - In Being's floods, in Action's storm, I walk and work, above, beneath, Work and weave in endless motion ! Birth and Death, An infinite ocean ; A seizing and giving The fire of Living : 'Tis thus at the roaring Loom of Time I ply, And weave for God the Garment thou seest Him by.
Page 115 - ... the forfeyte; for, at the edge of the launde, an oulde man shall meet them with the same shoes that were given by the partie when he was lyving; and, after he hath shodde them...
Page 114 - ... corpse. The late Mr Ritson found an illustration of this dirge in a MS. of the Cotton Library, containing an account of Cleveland, in Yorkshire, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth. It was kindly communicated to the Editor by Mr Frank, Mr...
Page 260 - I've seen you where you never were And where you never will be ; And yet within that very place You can be seen by me. For to tell what they do not know Is the art of the Romany.
Page 51 - In it are placed seven coals, seven handfuls of meal, and seven cloves of garlic, all of which are put on the fire. When the water begins to boil, it is stirred with a threeforked twig, while the gypsy repeats a rhyme of which the following is a translation : — Evil eyes look on thee, May they here extinguished be, And then seven ravens Pluck out the evil eyes. Evil eyes (now) look on thee, May they soon extinguished be. Much dust in the eyes, Thence may they become blind. Evil eyes now look on...
Page 210 - Hickory, dickory, dock, The mouse ran up the clock. The clock struck one, And down he run, Hickory, dickory, dock.
Page 75 - In some countries they run out of the doors in time of tempest, blessing themselves with a cheese, whereupon was a cross made with a rope's end upon Ascension Day." — " Item, to hang an egg laid on Ascension Day in the roof of the house, preserveth the same from all hurts.
Page 64 - Roumanian form, which closely resembles the old one. It may be observed that here, as in all the other variants, the demon is a feminine one. The following is the legend:— "I, Sisoe, as I came down from the Mount of Olives, saw the Archangel Gabriel as he met the Avestitza wing of Satan, and seized her by the hair and asked her where she was going. And she answered that she was going to cheat the Holy Virgin by her tricks, steal the new-born child and drink its blood. The Archangel asked her how...
Page 40 - These are pronounced by the gypsy sorcerer facing the burning hearth. There is another in which fire is addressed as Jandra, and also invoked to punish an offender : — "Jandra, bearer of thunderbolts, great Periani (compare Parjana, an epithet of Indra, Slavonic Peruti), bearer of lightning, slay with thy thunderbolt and burn with thy celestial fire him who dares to violate his oath.
Page 202 - ... resided near Topsham; and a barrel of ale in their cellar had for very many years continued to run freely without being exhausted. It was considered as a valuable heir-loom, and was respected accordingly, until a curious maid-servant took out the bung, to ascertain the cause of this extraordinary power. On looking into the cask, she found it full of cobwebs ; but the Pixies, it is supposed, were offended, and on turning the cock as usual, no more ale flowed out.

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