Against a Wen

Against a Wen is an Old English metrical charm and medical text found in the Royal MS. 4A.XIV, British Museum. It appears to describe a remedy for ridding oneself of a wen, which is an Old English term for a cyst or skin blemish. As cysts are commonly mobile masses on the skin, the charm is written to the wen itself, asking it to leave. The charm ...
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