ANCIENT CURES, CHARMS, AND USAGES OF IRELAND.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO IRISH LORE.
A few examples of these ancient cures and charms may be given to show their simple, half; religious character, so well calculated to impress a people like the Irish, of intense faith and a strong instinct for the mystic and the supernatural.
FOR THE FALLING SICKNESS.
"By the wood of the Cross, by the Man that overcame death, be thou healed."
These words are to be said in the left ear while the fit is on the patient, and he is to be signed three times with the sign of the Cross, in the name of God and the blessed Lord, when by virtue of the charm he will, be cured.
A CHARM AGAINST ACCIDENS, FIRE, TEMPESTS, WATER, KNIFE, OR LANCE
"Jesus, Saviour of men. In Jesus trust, and in Mary trust truly for all grace.
"This is the measure of the wounds of Christi upon the Cross, which was brought to Constantinople to the Emperor as a most precious relic, so that no evil enemy might have power over him.
* I have already included many ancient Irish charms in my published work, entitled "Ancient Legends of Ireland," to which I must refer the reader who may be interested in the subject.
And whoever reads it, or hears it, can not be hurt by fire or tempest, or the knife, or the lance; neither can the devil have power over him, nor will he die an untimely death, but safety from all dangers will be his to the end."
FOR A SPRAIN.
As St. Agnes went over the moor to the mountain of Moses, she fell with her foot turned. But sinew to sinew, and bone to bone, God makes all right to him who has faith: and be thou healed, man, in Jesu's name. Amen.
FOR THE AGUE.
When Christ first saw the cross on which He was to be crucified, He trembled very exceedingly. And the Jews asked Him, "Hast Thou the fever, or the ague?" No, He answered, neither of these do I fear, for God is above all."
Wherefore, when the fit comes on, let the person afflicted repeat these words of Christ, and he will be calmed.
FOR A WOUND THAT BLEEDS.
A child was baptized in the river Jordan; and the water was dark and muddy, but the child was pure and beautiful. "Say these words over the wound, placing the finger on the spot
where the blood flows, adding: "In the name of God and of the Lord Christ, let the blood be staunched." And if the patient have faith, so it will be.
Drink water from a human skull; or take a pinch of clay from a priest's grave, and put it in your mouth. Then kneel down, say a Pater and an Ave, and you will have no more toothache as long as you live.
A CURE FOR WEAKNESS.
Drink of the water of a river forming the boundary of three properties for nine Sunday mornings, before sunrise, fasting, and before anyone has crossed the stream. In silence it must be done, and without speaking to anyone; but
afterwards repeat nine Aves and the Credo.
The Orov-Darrig, or Red Hand, to be pulled by tying it to a cock's leg, or the leg of a dog, otherwise it is fatal to the one who pulls it. The leaves to be squeezed, and the juice taken, fasting, every Wednesday morning. The leaves then to be carefully burned.
Nine handfuls of mountain moss, dried on a pan: to powder, Nine pinches of it, and nine pinches of the ashes from the hearth, to be mixed in whey, taken every Tuesday and Thursday.
FOR WHOOPING COUGH
Put a live trout into the child's mouth, fasting.
Then put it back alive into the stream. If a trout cannot be had, a frog may be tried. The tooth of a dead horse or the hand of a dead man rubbed over the jaw, will also be found effective to ease the pain of an ailing tooth.