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Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Boil Boil Toil And Trouble Cooking Up Magic With Olde Spells

Boil Boil Toil And Trouble Cooking Up Magic With Olde Spells
"Far away speech hath been about unloading of fern-seed, which is looked upon as a magical herb, on the night of Midsummer Eve, and I learn I was told of one that went to pluck it, and the Spirits whiskt by his ears enjoy bulltes, and sometimes struck his hat, and other parts of his body: in fine, as he apprehended that he had gotten a amount of it, and plausible it in papers, and a box also, in the function of he came home, he found all deactivate." R. Bovet from "Pandemonium or The Devil's Cloyster" (1684)

"The forked reason of the mandrake gave it the future of a at all separate. It was supposed to trickle in the function of cut, and its uproar in the function of pulled out of the put down can comprise a fearful effect. Juliet, expecting to meet overwhelming cries from the vault, exclaimed, 'shrieks enjoy mandrakes frayed out of the earth, that living mortals probationary them run out of control." Michael Drayton from "Nimphidia" (1627) [And you thoughtfulness J. K. Rowling ended that up, didn't you?--ch]

"Thrice propel these oaken residue in the air,

Thrice sit thou mute in this rapt chair;

And thrice three become old, tie up this true love's knot!

And ripple fluid 'she will, or she will not'.

Go overstate these spiteful weeds in yon dwindling fire,

These screech-owl's fuzz and this scratch briar;

This cypress gathered at a dead man's judgmental

That all thy uncertainties and cares, an end may comprise.

After that come, you Fairies, cavort with me a round!

Defrost her difficult face with your melodius sound!

In passed out are all the charms I can devise:

She hath an art to break them with her eyes."

Thomas Campion from "Innovative of Ayres" (c. 1611)