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not want a belly when I am in him—but (seeing the witch)—uds me, mother Sawyer!
1 Cl. The old witch of Edmonton!—if our mirth be not cross'd
2 Cl. Bless us, Cuddy, and let her curse her t'other eye out. What dost now? Cud. 66
Ungirt, unblest,” says the proverb; but my girdle shall serve (for) a riding knot; and a fig for all the witches in Christendom! What wouldst thou?
1 Cl. The devil cannot abide to be crossed. 2 Cl. And scorns to come at any man's whistle. 3 Cl. Away4 CI. With the witch! AN. Away with the Witch of Edmonton!
[Exeunt in strange postures. Saw. Still vex'd! still tortured! that curmud
Is ground of all my scandal; I am shunn'd
blood; But by what means they came acquainted with
them, I am now ignorant. Would some power, good or
Instruct me which way I might be revenged
Enter a Black Dog.
Enter a Black Dog.] A great matter,” Dr. Hutchinson says, “ had been made at the time of the said com
ommission, (1697,) of a black dog, that frequently appeared to Somers, and persuaded him to say he had dissembled ; and when they asked him, why he said he counterfeited ? he said: A dog, a dog! And as odd things will fall in with such stories, it happened that there was a black dog in the chamber, that belonged to one Clark, a spurrier. Some of the commissioners spying him, thought they saw the devil! one thought his eyes glared like fire! and much speech was afterwards made of it.” p. 260. This was under Elizabeth, whose reign, if we may trust the competent authorities, was far more infested with witches, than that of James I. when the Black Dog again made bis appearance among the Lancashire witches. The audiences of those days, therefore, were well prepared for his reception, and probably viewed him with a sufficient degree of fearful credulity to create an interest in his feats. But there is nothing new under the suu.' The whole machinery of witchcraft.was as well known to Lucan
Saw. Thine! what art thou ?
Dog. He thou hast so often
Saw. Bless me! the devil ?
Saw. May I believe thee?
Dog. To confirm't, command me
Saw. Out, alas !
Dog. And that instantly, And seal it with thy blood ; if thou deniest, I'll tear thy body in a thousand pieces. Saw. I know not where to seek relief: but
shall I, After such covenants seal’d, see full revenge On all that wrong me?
as to us; and the black dogs of Mother Sawyer and Mother Demdike bad their origin in the infernce canes of the Greek and Latin poets, and descended, in regular succession, through all the demonology of the dark ages, to the times of the Revolution, when they quietly disappeared with the sorcerers, their employers.
Dog. Ha, ha! silly woman!
Saw. Then I am thine; at least so much of me As I can call mine own
Saw. All thiné.
arm, which he sucks.—Thunder and lightning.
churl, One BanksDog. That wrong'd thee; he lamed thee, call'd
Saw. Dost laugh!
Dog. Fool, because I cannot.
Though we have power, know, it is circum
scribed, And tied in limits : though he be curst to thee, Yet of himself, he is loving to the world, And charitable to the poor; now men, that, As he, love goodness, though in smallest measure, Live without compass of our reach: his cattle And corn I'll kill and mildew-; but his life (Until I take him, as I late found thee, Cursing and swearing) I have no power to touch.
Saw. Work on his corn and cattle then.
Dog. I shall.
Saw. Say how, and in what manner.
Corn, man, or beast wouldst spoil or kill ;
Sanctibicetur nomen tuum.
Sanctibicetur nomen tuum.
mises We'll put in execution against Banks. [Exit.
though he be curst to thee.] So the word should be written; i.e. cross, splenetic, abusive.