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There grows near running streams, a dry, white moss,1 upon ordinary stones. One of these stones, with the addition of human saliva, is rubbed against another; after which the first stone is used for touching impetigo,2 the party so doing uttering these words:— φεύγετε χανθαρίδες, λύχος ἄγριος αἷμα διώχει.
"Cantharides3 begone, a wild wolf seeks your blood."4

1 Some kind of lichen, probably, but what in particular it is impossible to say.

2 Ring-worm or tetter.

3 Hardouin says that this herpetic disease is called "cantharides," because it attacks the body as the cantharis attacks wheat. See B. xviii. c. 44.

4 It would be superfluous to look for sense in this silly formula.

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