A Charm Against Thieves

To the holy goste my goodes I bequeth
that in this place be set,
To the father & the sone
all theves for to lett.
And if any theves hyther come
my goodes away to fett,
The holy goste be them before
and make them for to let;
And make them to abyde
tyll I agayne come;
Thorough že vertu of the holy gost,
the father, and the sonne.
Now I go my way--tyde what may betyd!
if any theves hyther come here I shall abyde.
I bynd yow theves
& do yow coniure,
So St. bartylmew bownd the Devyll
With his bearde so hoare...

Source: Robbins

Translated Poem |

| Main Page | Table of Contents |