Against Sorrow

Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland

By Lady Francesca Wilde

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A charm set by Mary for her Son, before the fair man and the turbulent woman laid Him in the grave.

The charm of Michael with the shield; Of the palm-branch of Christ; Of Bridget with her veil. The charm which God set for Himself when the divinity within Him was darkened.

A charm to be said by the cross when the night is black and the soul is heavy with sorrow.

A charm to be said at sunrise, with the hands on the breast, when the eyes are red with weeping, and the madness of grief is strong.

A charm that has no words, only the silent prayer.

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