Salem Witchcraft: With an Account of Salem Village, and a History of Opinions on Witchcraft and Kindred Subjects, Volym 1

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Sida 377 - Of echoing hill or thicket have we heard Celestial voices, to the midnight air, Sole, or responsive...
Sida 340 - And the wild blast upheaved the vanished sword ! How have I sat, when piped the pensive wind, To hear his harp by BRITISH FAIRFAX strung ! Prevailing Poet ! whose undoubting mind Believed the magic wonders which he sung...
Sida 381 - At the time when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, Satan came also among them.
Sida 130 - God to this army, we owe our fathers' and our own safety and estates," — they ought to have their claim.
Sida 342 - Now all you that see me this day, know that I am now to die as a witch by my own confession, and I free all men, especially the ministers and magistrates, of the guilt of my blood.
Sida 369 - Howe'er you come to know it, answer me: Though you untie the winds and let them fight Against the churches; though the yesty waves Confound and swallow navigation up; Though bladed corn be lodged and trees blown down; Though castles topple on their warders...
Sida 377 - Every thing that was strange or remarkable — every thing at all out of the usual course, every thing that was not clear and plain — was attributed to supernatural interposition. Indeed, our fathers lived, as they thought, continually in the midst of miracles ; and felt themselves surrounded, at all times, in all scenes, with innumerable invisible beings. The beautiful verse of Milton describes their faith : — " Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth Unseen, both when we wake and when...
Sida 342 - I take it wholly upon myself — my blood be upon my own head ; and as I must make answer to the God of heaven presently, I declare I am as free of witchcraft as any child ; but being delated by a malicious woman, and put in prison under the name of a witch, disowned by my husband and friends, and seeing no ground of hope of my coming out of prison, or ever coming in credit again, through the temptation of the devil I made up that confession, on purpose to destroy my own life, being weary of it,...
Sida 18 - ... the freemen of every town, or the major part of them, shall only have power to dispose of their own lands and woods, with all the privileges and appurtenances of the said...
Sida 411 - That one of your magistrates' wives, as I remember, was hanged for a witch only for having more wit than her neighbors. It was his very expression ; she having, as he explained it, unhappily guessed that two of her persecutors, whom she saw talking in the street, were talking of her. Which proving true, cost her her life, notwithstanding all he could do to the contrary, as he himself told us.

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