Deutsche Mythologie, Volume 2

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Dieterich, 1854 - Germanic peoples - 634 pages

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Page 835 - Dö klangen sine seiten daz al daz hüs erdöz. sin eilen zuo der fuoge diu wärn beidiu gröz. süezer unde senfter gigen er began: do entswebete er an den betten vil manegen sorgenden man.
Page 1093 - In a farm-yard near the middle of this village stands, at this day, a row of pollardashes, which, by the seams and long cicatrices down their sides, manifestly show that, in former times, they have been cleft asunder. These trees, when young and flexible, were severed and held open by wedges, while ruptured children, stripped naked, were pushed through the apertures, under a persuasion that, by such a process, the poor babes would be cured of their infirmity.
Page 1094 - ... over the part affected. For it is supposed that a shrewmouse is of so baneful and deleterious a nature, that wherever it creeps over a beast, be it horse, cow or sheep, the suffering animal is afflicted with cruel anguish, and threatened with the loss of the use of the limb. Against this accident, to which they were continually liable, our provident forefathers always kept a shrew-ash at hand, which, when once medicated, would maintain its virtue for ever. A...
Page 1145 - Romanum sic ferito ut ego hunc porcum hic hodie feriam; tantoque magis ferito quanto magis potes pollesque». Id ubi dixit porcum saxo silice percussit. Sua item carmina Albani suumque ius iurandum per suum dictatorem suosque sacerdotes peregerunt.
Page 1094 - Into the body of the tree a deep hole was bored with an auger, and a poor devoted shrew-mouse was thrust in alive, and plugged in, no doubt, with several quaint incantations long since forgotten. As the ceremonies necessary for such a consecration are no longer understood, all succession is at an end, and no such tree is known to subsist in the manor, or hundred. As to that on the Plestor "The late Vicar stubb'd and burnt it...
Page 1094 - ... ineffectual. Having occasion to enlarge my garden not long since, I cut down two or three such trees, one of which did not grow together. We have several persons now living in the village, who, in their childhood, were supposed to be healed by this superstitious ceremony, derived down perhaps from our Saxon ancestors, who practised it before their conversion to Christianity.
Page 1156 - When a person has received a sprain, it is customary to apply to an individual practised in casting the wresting thread, this is a thread spun from black wool, on which are cast nine knots, and tied round a sprained leg or arm. During the time the operator is putting the thread round the affected limb, he says, but in such a tone of voice as not to be heard by the bystanders, nor even by the person operated upon: the lord rade, and the foal slade; he lighted, and he righted, set joint to joint, bone...
Page 1094 - At the south corner of the Plestor, or area, near the church, there stood, about twenty years ago, a very old grotesque hollow pollard-ash, which for ages had been looked on with no small veneration as a shrew-ash. Now a shrew-ash is an ash whose twigs or branches, when gently applied to the limbs of cattle, will immediately relieve the pains which a beast suffers from the running of a shrew-mouse over the part affected...
Page 767 - Margaret was buryed in the lower chancel, And William in the higher : Out of her brest there sprang a rose, And out of his a briar. They grew till they grew unto the church top, And then they could grow no higher ; And there they tyed in a true lovers knot, Which made all the people admire.
Page 882 - ... er wieder beginnt zu grünen , dann naht die schreckliche Schlacht, und wann er fruchte trägt wird sie anheben. Friedrich hängt dann seinen Schild an den bäum, alles wird hinzulaufen und ein solches blutbad sein, dafs den kriegern das blut in die schuhe rinnt, da werden die bösen von den guten menschen erschlagen werden (das. no. 24. 28). In dieser bedeutsamen Überlieferung läfst sich, altes und uraltes aufweisen, ein geistliches lied des 16 jh.

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