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and thy salvation, confess, for if thou knowest thyself to be innocent, how, then, canst thou think that thou wilt be burnt?" But she still looked him fixedly in the face, and cried aloud in Latin, “ Innocentia, quid est innocentia !. Ubi libido dominatur, innocentia leve presidium est.” *
' , . Hereupon Dom. Consul again shuddered, so that his beard wagged, and said, “What, dost thou indeed know Latin? Where didst thou learn the Latin ?”? And when I answered this question as well as I was able for sobbing, he shook his head, and said, “I never in my life heard of a woman that knew Latin.". Upon this he knelt down before her coffer, and turned over everything therein, drew it away from the wall, and when he found nothing he bade us show him her bed, and did the same with that. This, at length, vexed the Sheriff, who asked him whether they should not drive back again, seeing that night was coming on? But he answered, “Nay, I must first have the written paction which Satan has given her;" and he went on with hiø search until it was almost dark.t. But they found nothing at all, although Dom. Consul, together with the constable, passed over no hole or corner, even in the kitchen and cellar. : Hereupon he got up again into the coach; muttering to him self, and bade my daughter sit so that she should not look upoti him. '.' Dievas sūHREPPU inal Prioris lite !
And now we once more had the same spectaculum with the accursed old witch Lizzie Kolken, seeing that she again sat at her door as we drove by, and began to sing at the top of her voice, "We praise thee, O Lord.” But she screeched like a stuck pig, so that Dom. Consul was amazed thereat, and when he had heard who she was, he asked the Sheriff whether he would not that she should be seized by the constable and be tied behind the coach, to run after it, as we had no room for her elsewhere; for that he had often been told that all old women who had red squinting eyes and sharp voices were witches, not to mention the suspicious things which Rea had declared against her. But he answered that he could not do this, seeing that old Lizzie was a woman in good repute, and fearing God, as Dom. Consul might
* These words are from Cicero, if I do not mistake.
† At this time it was believed that as a man bound himself to the devil by writing, so did the devil in like manner to the manwe have to wao sei
learn for himself; but that, nevertheless, he had had her summoned for the morrow, together with the other withesses. · Yea, in truth, an excellently devout and worthy woman ! for scareely were we out of the village, when so fearful a storm of thunder, lightning, wind, and hail burst over our heads, that the corn all around us was beaten down as with a flail, and the horses before the coach were quite maddened; however, it did not last long. But my poor child had to bear all the blame again,* inasmuch as Dom, Consul thought that it was not old
Lizzie, which, nevertheless, was as clear as the sun at noon-day! -but-my poor daughter who brewed the storm ;--for, beloved
reader, what could it have profited her, even if she had known the black art? This, however did not strike Dom. Consul, and Satan, by the permission of the all-righteous God, was presently to use us still worse ; for just as we got to the Master's Dam,t he came flying over ús in the shape of a stork, and dropped a
Frug so exactly over us that it fell into my daughter her lap: she - gave a shrill seream, but I whispered her to sit still, and that I would secretly throw the frog away by one leg. , ed.
But the constable had seen it, and cried out; " Hey, sirs ! hey, look at the cursed witch! what has the devil just thrown into her lap?" Whereupon the Sheriff and Dom. Consul looked round and saw the frog, which crawled in her lap, and the constable, after he had blown upon it, three times, took it up and showed it to their lordships. Hereat Dom. Consul began to spow, and when he had done, he ordered the coachman to stop, got down from the coach, and said we might drive home, that he felt qualmish, and would go a-foot and see if he got better. But first he privately whispered to the constable, which, how beity we heard right well, that when he got home he should lay my poor child in chains, but not so as to hurt her much; to Which neither she nor I could answer - save by tears and sobs. But the Sheriff had heard it too, and when his worship was qut of sight, he began to stroke my child her cheeks from bebiad her back, telling her to be easy, as he also had a word to may in the matter, and that the constable should not lay her in chains. But that she must leave off being so hard to him as she * Sach sudden storms were attributed to witches." 1 It is so called to the present day, and is distant a mile from Coserow..
had been hitherto, and come and sit on the seat beside him, that he might privately give her some good advice as to what was to be done. To this she answered, with many tears, that she wished to sit only by her father, as she knew not how much longer she might sit by him at all; and she begged for nothing more save that his lordship would leave her in peace. But this he would not do, but pinched her back and sides with his knees; and as she bore with this, seeing that there was no help for it, he waxed bolder, taking it for a good sign. Meanwhile Dom. Consul called out close behind us (for being frightened he ran just after the coach), “ Constable, constable, come here quick ; here lies a hedgehog in the midst of the road !” whereupon the constable jumped down from the coach.
This made the Sheriff still bolder; and at last my child rose up and said, “Father, let us also go a-foot; I can no longer guard myself from him here behind !” But he pulled her down again by her clothes, and cried out angrily, “ Wait, thou wicked witch, I will help thee to go a-foot if thou art so wilful; thou shalt be chained to the block this very night.” Whereupon she answered, “Do you do that which you cannot help doing: the righteous God, it is to be hoped, will one day do unto you what He cannot help doing.” · Meanwhile we had reached the castle, and scarcely were we got out of the coach, when Dom. Consul, who had run till he was all of a sweat, came up, together with the constable, and straightway gave over my child into his charge, so that I had scarce time to bid her farewell, I was left standing on the floor below, wringing my hands in the dark, and hearkened whither they were leading her, inasmuch as I had not the heart to follow; when Dom. Consul, who had stepped into a room with the Sheriff, looked out at the door again, and called after the constable to bring Rea once more before them. And when he had done so, and I went into the room with them, Dom. Consul held a letter in his hand, and, after spitting thrice, he began thus: 6 Wilt thou still deny, thou stubborn witch? Hear what the old knight, Hans von Nienkerken, writes to the court !” Whereupon he read out to us, that his son was so disturbed by the tale the accursed witch had told of him, that he had fallen sick from thạt very hour, and that he, the father, was not much better.
That his son, Rüdiger, had indeed at times, when he went that way, been to see Pastor Schweidler, whom he had first known upon a journey ; but that he swore that he wished he might turn black if he had ever used any folly or jesting with the cursed devil's whore his daughter; much less ever been with her by night on the Streckelberg, or embraced her there.
At this dreadful news we both (I mean my child and I) fell down in a swound together, seeing that we had rested our last hopes on the young lord ; and I know not what further happened. For when I came to myself, my host, Conrad Seep, was standing over me, holding a funnel between my teeth, through which he ladled some warm beer down my throat, and I never felt more wretched in all my life ; insomuch that Master Seep had to una dress me like a little child, and to help me into bed.
Of the malice of the Governor and of old Lizzie: item, of the examination
The next morning my hairs, which till datum had been mingled with grey, were white as snow, albeit the Lord otherwise blessed me wondrously. For near daybreak a nightingale flew into the elder-bush beneath my window, and sang so sweetly that straightway I thought it must be a good angel. For after I had hearkened awhile to it, I was all at once able again to pray, which since last Sunday I could not do; and the spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ began to speak within me, “ Abba, Father;"* and straightway I was of good cheer, trusting that God would once more be gracious unto me his wretched child; and when I had given him thanks for such great mercy, I fell into a refreshing slumber, and slept so long that the blessed sun stood high in the heavens when I awoke.
And seeing that my heart was still of good cheer, I sat up in my bed, and sang with a loud voice, “Be not dismayed, thou little flock :” whereupon Master Seep came into the room, thinking I had called him. But he stood reverently waiting till I had done; and after marvelling at my snow-white hair, he told me it was already seven ; item, that half my congregation, among others my ploughman, Claus Neels, were already assembled in his house to bear witness that day. When I heard this, I bade mine host forthwith send Claus to the castle, to ask when the court would open, and he brought word back that no one knew, seeing that Dom. Consul was already gone that morning to Mellenthin to see old Nienkerken, and was not yet come back. This message gave me good courage, and I asked the fellow whether he also had come to bear witness against my poor child ? To which he answered, “ Nay, I know naught save good of her, and I would give the fellows their due, only”—
* Gal. iv. 6.