admirable remedy against demoniacal possession, has
" Fulmina, Typhones, Tempestatesque, repellit
A rate, vel teeto.......
Umbras daemoniaeas, et Thessala Monstra repellit; Collo suspensus pellit de ventre dolorem."
of laughter : this may sometimes be grim, ironical, and (as is the rule
in melodramas) " that of a fiend." For, it seems that your fiends
always laugh in syllables, and always in three syllables,—never more or
less,—which is a remarkable property in such gentry, and one worthy of
remembrance. Thus, " it has always been the same with me," said Dick
Swiveller (when jilted by Sophy Wackles for Cheggs, the greengrocer, of
Chelsea) " always ; " taking from his pocket a small parcel of black
crape, and applying himself to folding, and pinning the same upon his
hat, after the manner of a hatband. " 'Twas ever thus, from childhood's
hour, I've seen my fondest hopes decay ; I never loved a tree, or
flower, but 'twas the first to fade away ; I never nursed a dear
Gazelle, to glad me with its soft black eye, but when it came to know
me well, and love me, it was sure to marry a market-gardener." " And
this," said Mr. Swiveller, " is life, I believe." " Oh, certainly ! Why
not! "—" I shall wear this emblem of woman's perfidy, in remembrance of
her with whom I shall never again thread the windings of the mazy ;
whom I shall never more pledge in the rosy; who, during the remainder
of my existence will murder the balmy. Ha ! Ha! Ha!"
(Other details concerning the remedial uses of Coral when worn as a jewel have been already particularised.)
Bacon wrote (1600) : " The pursuit of Alchemy is