The Northern Way

The Anglo-Saxon Metrical Charms

 

Metrical Charm 5: For Loss of Cattle

 

 

As soon as anyone tells you that your goods are lost, you must first of all, before you say anything else, say:

 

 

Bethlehem is the name of the town where Christ was born
it is well known over the entire world,
So this deed may be known among men.

 

 

Through the holy cross of Christ! Amen. Then bow three times to the east and say three times: ‘Crux Christi ab oriente reducath.’ Then bow three times to the west and say three times: ‘Crux Christi ab occidente reducat.’ Then bow three times to the south and say three times: ‘Crux Christi ab aquilone reducath, crux abscondita est et inuenta est.’ The Jews hanged Christ, did the worst of deeds to him, and hid what they might not keep hidden. So this deed may not be concealed in any way, through holy cross of Christ. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

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