Long ago it was believed that if an ill person crawled backward and then forward three times under the natural arch formed by a bramble bush (a blackberry) rooted at both ends, he or she would be made well. This simple magickal method supposedly worked to cure a variety of ailments, such as boils, rheumatism, and even blackheads.
"Thrice under a Bryer doth creepe, which at both ends was rooted deepe... Her magicke much availing. " —Michael Drayton. Nymphidia, 1751.
In the Middle Ages, horses that were said to have been "shrew-runne" (paralyzed by the bite of a shrew) would often be drawn through a bramble arch to be magickally cured of the afflictions.
To cure a child suffering from whooping cough, let him or her be passed nine times under and nine times over a bramble arch while the following incantation is recited:
Under the bramble and over the bramble, I wish to leave the chin-cough here!
Repeat this spell for three mornings in a row, just before the rising of the sun and while facing East.
The Christianized version of this spell called for the Lord's Prayer to be recited while the afflicted person was passed under the bramble arch. In addition, the patient was required to eat a bit of buttered bread, and then feed the rest of the loaf to a wild bird or animal. The eating of the bread was believed to transfer the illness from the person to the poor unfortunate creature, which would soon die.
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