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A charm to be used at venesection

1Those maidens there, the veins, who run their course in robes of
   ruddy hue,
  Must now stand quiet, reft of power, like sisters who are brother-
2Stay still, thou upper vein, stay still, thou lower, stay, thou
   midmost one,
  The smallest one of all stands still: let the great vessel e'en be
3Among a thousand vessels charged with blood, among a thousand
  Even these the middlemost stand still and their extremities have
4A mighty rampart built of sand hath circled and encompassed
  Be still, and quietly take rest.

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