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In the vicinity of Ariminum, there is a well-known plant called "reseda:"1 it disperses abscesses and all kinds of inflammations. Those who employ it for these purposes, add the following words: "Reseda,"2 allay this disease! knowest thou not, knowest thou not, what chick it is that has torn up these roots? Let it have nor head nor feet!"3 This formula is repeated thrice, the party spitting on the ground each time.

1 Possibly the Reseda alba of Linnæus.

2 "Reseda, morbos reseda." A pun upon the name of the plant, and the verb "resedo."

3 Like the silly charm itself, "neither head nor tail."

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