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English citations of witch

  • 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 for "witch"
    "At this day it is indifferent to say in the English tongue, 'she is a witch,' or 'she is a wise woman.'"