Wið færstice

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“Wið færstice” is an Old English medical text surviving in the collection known now as Lacnunga in the British Library. “Wið færstice” means ‘against a sudden/violent stabbing pain’; and according to Felix Grendon, whose collection of Anglo-Saxon charms appeared in the Journal of American Folklore in 1908, “the charm is intended to cure a sudden twinge or stitch, possibly rheumatism that can be due to being shot by witches, elves, and other spirits that fly through the air.”…continue reading →