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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Old English Charms and Folk Customs
Myths and Folk-Lore of the Aryan Peoples
 
From Herrick’s ‘Hesperides.’ Devonshire: Seventeenth Century

BREAD CHARMS

I
BRING the holy crust of bread,
Lay it underneath the head:
’Tis a certain charm to keep
Hags away, while children sleep.
 
II
IF ye feare to be affrighted
        5
When ye are by chance benighted,
In your pocket for a trust,
Carrie nothing but a crust;
For that holy piece of bread
Charmes the danger and the dread.        10
 
KNIFE CHARM

LET the superstitious wife
Neer the child’s heart lay a knife;
Point be up, and haft be downe:
While she gossips in the towne,
This ’mongst other mystick charms        15
Keeps the sleeping child from harms.
 
 
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