For the ninth test, they’ll prick thee with a bodkin or a knife!
If thou feel no pain when poked –
or if thou fail to bleed –
or if that spot is cold to the touch –
they’ll claim that’s proof of witchcraft!
If thou are suspected of being a wise woman or cunning man, they may try WITCH WATCHING:
The townsfolk will keep thee awake
and watch to see if any familiar spirit pays a visit.
If a demon appears in animal form –
then thou is certain to be in league with Satan!
The seventh test they’ll try is PRICKING THE WITCH!
If thou has a birth mark, flea bite, spot, or scab – they’ll say it’s where the devil suckles.
It’s the sign of a pact made with Satan.
If they prick it, thou will feel no pain and neither shalt thou bleed!
Photo: T. H. Matteson
The sixth test is the LAYING ON OF HANDS.
If thou touch someone throwin’ a fit –
and they stop suddenly –
they’ll claim thou art the cause of the affliction!
The PRAYER TEST is the hardest.
If thou can’t recite the Lord’s Prayer correctly –
without any error or stumbling –
thou must be a witch indeed!
Does thou send forth a ghost in SPECTRAL FORM?
If a familiar spirit –
or spectral self –
or apparition from thee is seen by the villagers . . .
then thou art a witch!
Have thou got any TOOLS OF THE CRAFT?
If thou make ointments, poisons, and herbals –
Or fashion wax dolls into likenesses –
Or learn from spell books and magic charts –
Aye, then they’ll claim thou are truly a wizard or witch!