Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft
Fascinated with witches and magic since his childhood, Scott jumped at the idea of his son-in-law to write a small volume about the subject at his home in Abbotsford shortly after his first paralytic stroke in February of 1830. Scott's skepticism about the supernatural divided his audience and critics, but made the work a great commercial success.
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Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft Addressed to J.G. Lockhart, Esq., By Sir Walter Scott, Bart A history of witchcraft up to and including the time of Sir Walter Scott, in a series of letters to J.G ... Read full review
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Page 52 - shall not be found among you anyone that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a channer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
Page 6 - said that he who would not be frustrate of his hope to write well in laudable things, ought himself to be a true poem.
Page 38 - representation of his departed friend, whose recollection had been so strongly brought to his imagination. He stopped for a single moment, so as to notice the wonderful accuracy with which fancy had impressed upon the bodily eye the peculiarities of dress and posture of the illustrious poet. Sensible, however, of the delusion, he felt no sentiment
Page 42 - thronged, To wake the bounding stag, or guilty wolf ; There oft is heard at midnight or at noon, Beginning faint, but rising still more loud, And louder, voice of hunters, and of hounds, And horns hoarse-winded, blowing far and keen. Forthwith the hubbub multiplies, the air Labours with
Page 151 - elves mo. For now the great charity and prayers Of limitours,* and other holy frères, That searchen every land and every stream, As thick as motes in the sunne-beam, Blessing halls, chambers, kitchenes, and boures, Cities and burghes, castles high and towers, Thropes and barnes, sheep-pens and dairies, This maketh that there ben no fairies.
Page 33 - my intellects. But that modification of my disease also had its appointed duration. After a few months the phantom of the gentleman-usher was seen no more, but was succeeded by one horrible to the sight and distressing to the imagination, being no other than the image of death itself—the apparition of a skeleton. Alone or