Ƿiðer Ferstic

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Wither Ferstitch is an Old English galder known today as Wið fǣrstice, meaning something like "against sudden/unexpected terror/pain". It's a medical text made to cure sudden twitches caused by airborn spirits such as elves. Note: the final line seems to be instructions, not part of the galder itself.

The Writ

Hie ƿere lude, lo, lude hƿen hie rode ofer þe loƿ.

Hie ƿere onemood hƿen hie rode ofer þe land.

Sceeld þiself nu, þat þu migt ness þis niþe.

Ute littel spear, if þere is one in here.

It stood under lime, under a ligt sceeld.

Þere migtie ƿifes bade her magn,

⁊ hie sent gelling gores.

I ƿisc to send anoþer eft.

A flieing flone geen.

Ute littel spear, if it be herein.

A smiþ sat, sleƿ a sax.

Littel iron, sƿiþ ƿund.

Ute littel spear, if it be herein.

Six smiþs ƿrougt ƿalspears.

Ute, spear. Not in, spear.

If herein be a deal of iron,

þe ƿork of hags, it scall melt.

If þu ƿert scot in þe fell, or ƿert scot in þe flesc,

or ƿert scot in þe blood, or ƿert scot in þe bone,

or ƿert scot in þe liþ, mag þi life nefer be teased.

If it ƿere eses scot, or if it ƿere elfs scot,

or if it ƿere hags scot, nu I ƿisc to help þee.

Þis for þee is þe boot for eses scot. Þis for þee is þe boot for elfs scot.

Þis for þee is þe boot for hags scot. I scot to help þee.

Flie þere into þe firroƿhead.

Be hale. Mag þe drigten help þee.

Þen nim þe sax, ado in ƿater.