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I conjure the loathly beast with that ilk spear
A charm for the tooth-ache — 14 lines, 5 couplets plus 4 unrhymed lines
Note: Followed by 5800.
Subjects: charms; toothache
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 91 [Robert Thornton MS], f. 176rb
First Lines:
I conjoure the laythely beste with þat ilke spere
þat longyous in his hande gan bere…
Last Lines:
…Bot a waye mote þu wende
To þe erde & þe stane
Note: Nineteenth-century transcription is London, British Library Egerton 2257, f. 98.
Attributed Title: A charme for þe tethe worke (f. 176rb)
Facsimiles:
Brewer, Derek Stanley, and A. E. B. Owen. “Introduction.” The Thornton Manuscript (Lincoln Cathedral MS. 91). London: Scolar Press, 1975.
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. Yorkshire Writers. 2 vols. London, Sonnenschein; New York: Macmillan, 1895-96: 1.375.
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.126.
Cook, Albert Stanburrough. A Literary Middle English Reader. Boston and New York: Ginn, 1915: 379.
Segar, Mary Gertrude, and Emmeline Paxton, eds. Some Minor Poems of the Middle Ages. London, NY: Longmans, Green, 1917: 36.
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard. A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Proverbs, and Ancient Customs from the Fourteenth Century. London: J. R. Smith, 1847: xxxiii.
Hughes, Muriel Joy. Women Healers in Medieval Life and Literature. Salem, NH: Ayer, 1943; repr. 1991: 32.