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First Line: St. Magnus control thee, that martyr of treason
Last Line: Hence pass till hallow-mass!—my spell is spoken.
Subject(s): Cross, The; Ghosts; Mass; Saints; Sin; Supernatural

St. Magnus control thee, that martyr of treason;
St. Ronan rebuke thee with rhyme and with reason;
By the mass of St. Martin, the might of St. Mary,
Be thou gone, or thy weird shall be worse if thou tarry!
If of good, go hence and hallow thee;
If of ill, let the earth swallow thee;
If thou'rt of air, let the gray mist fold thee;
If of earth, let the swart mine hold thee.
If a pixie, seek thy ring;
If a nixie, seek thy spring;
If on middle earth thou'st been
Slave of sorrow, shame, and sin,
Hast eat the bread of toil and strife,
And dree'd the lot which men call life,
Begone to thy stone! for thy coffin is scant of thee;
The worm, thy playfellow, wails for the want of thee.
Hence, houseless ghost! let the earth hide thee;
Till Michael shall blow the blast see that there thou bide thee!
Phantom, fly hence! take the Cross for a token,
Hence pass till Hallow-mass!—my spell is spoken.

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