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THE TALE OF THE LANCASHIRE WITCHES

By Roy Westall (October 1991)

In 1612 in Lancashire
On Misty Pendle Hill
A tale is told by Thomas Potts
of Witchcraft and the Devil

The story goes that old Demdike
Aged 80 and half-blind
Went with grand-daughter Alizon
a begging - and got fined

Demdike had a daughter
Squinting Lizzie was her name
With one eye up and one eye down
Her ugliness was her fame

Then there was old Chattox
bent double, and insane
It was from talking to herself
that Chattox got her name

Anne Redfern was her daughter
As lady like as could be
As was Alice Nutter
Gentlewoman of Roughlea

When Alison met John Law
and begged him to give her pins
He refused, and fell down ill
She was accused of deadly sins

When cows fell sick and milk turned sour
and graves were lifted of their bones
Fear and terror swept around
and fingers were pointed at the crones

Then there was Jennet, Alizon's sister
an unscrupulous girl of nine
She was main witness at the trial
of Demdike, Chattox and their kind

To Lancaster Castle they were sent
Locked in the dungeon, cold and dour
Only Demdlke escaped the gallows
Dying in the gloom of West Tower

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