Elf Charms in Leechbook Book 2

copyright: Karen Louise Jolly, Popular Religion in Late Saxon England: Elf Charms in Context (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996), p. 152. Do not reproduce without permission from the publishers.


lxv.1 If a horse is [elf]shot [ofscoten]. Take then the knife of which the haft is a fallow ox's horn, and on [which] are three brass nails. Write then on the horse's forehead Christ's mark [cross] so that it bleeds; then write a cross on the back of the horse and on each of the limbs that you can press. Take then the left ear, prick through [it] in silence. This you must do. Take a staff, strike on the back. Then the horse will be whole. And write on the knife's horn these words: "Benedicite omnia opera domini dominum." [Blessed be all the works of the lord of lords.] Whatever elf is on him, this can be a remedy for him.

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