The Northern Way

The Anglo-Saxon Metrical Charms

Metrical Charm 3: Against a Dwarf


Verse Indeterminate Saxon

Wið dweorh man sceal niman VII lytle oflætan, swylce
man mid ofrað, and writan þas naman on ælcre oflætan:
Maximianus, Malchus, Iohannes, Martimianus, Dioni-
sius, Constantinus, Serafion. þænne eft þæt galdor, þæt

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her æfter cweð, man sceal singan, ærest on þæt wynstre
eare, þænne on þæt swiðre eare, þænne bufan þæs mannes
moldan. And ga þænne an mædenman to and ho hit on
his sweoran, and do man swa þry dagas; him bið sona sel.
Her com in gangan,      in spiderwiht,

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hæfde him his haman on handa,      cwæð þæt þu his hæncgest wære,
legde þe his teage an sweoran.      Ongunnan him of þæm lande liþan;
sona swa hy of þæm lande coman,      þa ongunnan him ða liþu colian.
þa com in gangan      dweores sweostar;
þa geændade heo      and aðas swor

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ðæt næfre þis ðæm adlegan      derian ne moste,
ne þæm þe þis galdor      begytan mihte,
oððe þe þis galdor      ongalan cuþe.
Amen. Fiað.

 

 

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