A love charm

November 16, 2016


A love charm for thee,
Water drawn through a straw,
The warmth of him / her thou lovest,
With love to draw on thee.

Arise betimes on Lord’s day,
To the flat rock of the shore
Take with thee the pointed canopy,
And the cap of a priest.

A small quantity of embers
In the skirt of thy kirtle,
A special handful of sea-weed
In a wooden shovel.

Three bones of an old man,
Newly torn from the grave,
Nine stalks of royal fern,
Newly trimmed with an axe.

Burn them on a fire of faggots
And make them all into ashes;
Sprinkle in the fleshy breast of thy lover,
Against the venom of the north wind.

Go round the ‘rath’ of procreation,
The circuit of the five turns,
And I will vow and warrant thee
That man / woman shall never leave thee.

Alexander Carmichael
Carmina Gadelica

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