from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A witch supposed to wander or fly abroad in the night.


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  • And so she became an impertinent wife, then a night-hag wandering the world, ever on the hunt to drink the blood of children.

    Lilith’s Dream: A Tale of the Vampire Life

  • In contrast with this, we have Milton's description of the Moon when affected by the demoniacal practices of the 'night-hag' who was believed to destroy infants for the sake of drinking their blood, and applying their mangled limbs to the purposes of incantation.

    The Astronomy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'

  • The terror plucked him from his sleep; for a moment he wrestled and struggled to raise his head from the pillow and loosen the clutch of the night-hag who had suddenly seized him, and with choking throat and streaming brow he sat up in bed.

    The Blotting Book

  • But his struggles were in vain; sooner or later the night-hag would have him by the throat, and pluck him strangling and screaming, from his sleep.

    Across the Plains: With Other Memories and Essays

  • Well, what have you fat Leyden burghers to do with a poor old night-hag, except of course in times of trouble?

    Lysbeth, a Tale of the Dutch

  • Dreams, changes Pluto and Proserpine into Oberon and Titania, and makes friends with unseen powers as Good Folk; the other is a bird of night, whose shadow sends a chill among the roots of the hair: it sucks with the vampire, gorges with the ghoule, is choked by the night-hag, pines away under the witch's charm, and commits uncleanness with the embodied

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  • Anna Apenborg shut herself up, trembling, in her cell, and even good Dorothea began somewhat to doubt the virtues of the vile sorceress; for the corpse had a strange and unnatural appearance, so that it was horrible to look upon, by which signs it was easy to perceive that he had been prayed to death, as the fearful night-hag had threatened.

    Sidonia, the Sorceress : the Supposed Destroyer of the Whole Reigning Ducal House of Pomerania — Volume 2

  • Harmless fairies "nodded to him, and did him curtesies": and the night-hag bestrode the blast at the command of "his so potent art."

    Lectures on the English Poets Delivered at the Surrey Institution

  • --- feverish symptoms all, with which those who are haunted by the night-hag, whom the learned call Ephialtes, are but too well acquainted.

    The Antiquary

  • Antiquities (ii. 144) we find, "Gregory mentions an ordinary superstition of the old wives who dare not trust a child in a cradle by itself alone without a candle;" this was for fear of the "night-hag" (Milton, P. L., ii.

    Arabian nights. English


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