from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A night-charm; a charm or spell against accidents at night; a charm against the nightmare.
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His night-spell is his guard, and charms his physicians.
That the Pater noster used sometimes to be said with the wicked design of working ill to individuals, and by those who were deemed witches, is clear form the above extract: may not, then, this "wytche's" Pater noster be the "white" Pater noster, against which the night-spell in
Pater Noster and St. Peter's sister in Chaucer's night-spell. [