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And if Te [wold goe in ane craw, then] we fay thryfe ower :
' I SALL goe intill a craw,
With forrow. and fych, and a blak [thraw !
And I fall goe in the Divellis nam,]
Ay quhill I com home again !'
And quhen ve void be owt of thes fhapes, we fay :
< Catt, catt, (or craw, craw,) [God] fend the a blak fliott ! (or blak thraw I)
I wes a catt (or craw) juft now,
Bot 1 falbe [ill a woman's liknes evin now.]
Catt, catt, (or craw, craw,) God fend the a blak fliot ! (or a blak thraw 1)
Giff we, in the [ihape of an catt, an craw, an] haire, or ony vther liknes, &c., go to any of our
neightbouris howffis, being Witches, we will [fay,]
[' I (or we) conjure] the Goe with ws (or me) !'
And prefentlie they becom as we ar, either cats, hearis, crowes, &c., and goe [with ws whither we
wold. Quhan] we wold ryd,' we tak windle-flrawes, or been-flakes,^ and put them betwixt owr foot,-"
and fay thryfe,
' [Horse] and battok, borfe and goe,
Horfe and pellattis, ho ! ho !'^
And immediatlie we file away whair [euir we wold] ; and lead our hufbandis fould inifs vs owt of
owi' beddis, we put in a boofom, or a thrie [leggit ftoole befyde thanie,] and fay thryfe ower,
' I LAY down this boofom (or ftooll,) In the Divellis name,
Let it not fleir [Quhill I] com again !'
And immediatlie it feimis a voman, befyd owr hufbandis.
Ve can not turn in the lik[nes' of ] Quhen my hu(band fold beeff, I vfed
to put a fwellowes feather in the hyd of the beaft, and [fay thryfe,]
* [I] PUTT owt this beeff in the Divellis nam,
That meikle filver and good pryce com hame !'
I did ewin fo [quheneuir I putt] furth either horfe, noat," vebs," or any vther thing to be fold, and
ftill ' put in this feather, and faid the [famin wordis thryfe] ower, to caws the comodities fell weill,
&c thryfe ower,
Owr Lord to hunting he [is gone]
marble flone,
He fent vord to Saint Knitt '
[Quhan we void heall ony for, or biokin limb, we fay thryfe ower,]
He pat the blood to the blood, Till all vp flood ;
The lith to the lith. Till all took with ;
Owr Ladie charmed hir deirlie Sone, With hir tooth and hir townge.
And hir ten fingeris
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Halie Gaist 1^°
' Ride. ' Bean-stalks. ' ¥or feet. ' See Note to ' Horse and hattock,' p. 60-1. ' There is
a tradition in Morayshire, tiiat Witches could not appear in the shape of a dove or a lamb j the one being emblema-
tical of THE HoLr Spirit, the other being the emblem of the Agnus Dei. Perhaps the hiatus might not improperly
have been so supplied. ' A'o/?, cattle. ' Webs of cloth. » Uniformly; constantly ; always, ' .'Vfter this
fragment, a considerable portion of the MS. is unfortunately torn off. It is probable that the two first lines of the
next Charm are mutilated. '° It has been often remarked by the Editor, in the course of the numerous Wiich
Triais which occur in this Collection, that a great proportion of the charms, in use to be repeated by these unhappy
â– women, were actually paraphrases of portions of the Mass-Book — and in some cases, such as in the Case of Annie
Sahison, there appears to have been used doggrel versions of the Creed, &c. ! Others were taken from ancient popular
rhymes and songs, such as the above tragment, ' Our Lord to hunting he is gone,' &c, which, unfortunately, is

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