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- c. 1370, William Langland, Piers Plowman, 13.330–341
- Ther is no lif that I lovye lastynge any while;
- For tales that I telle no man trusteth to me.
- And whan I may noght have the maistrie, swich malencolie I take
- That I cacche the crampe, the cardiacle som tyme,
- Or an ague in swich an angre, and som tyme a fevere
- That taketh me al a twelvemonthe, til that I despise
- Lechecraft of Oure Lord and leve on a wicche,
- And seye that no clerc ne kan - ne Crist, as I leve -
- To the Soutere of Southwerk, or of Shordych Dame Emme,
- And seye that [God ne] Goddes word gaf me nevere boute,
- But thorugh a charme hadde I chaunce and my chief heele.
- 1584: Reginald Scot, The Discoverie of Witchcraft (Retrieved 2008-05-14 from etymonline.com for "witch"
- "At this day it is indifferent to say in the English tongue, 'she is a witch,' or 'she is a wise woman.'"