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Definition of King's Evil

  KING'S EVIL   noun
A malady that was formerly cured by the touch of the sovereign, but has now to be treated by the physicians.  Thus 'the most pious Edward' of England used to lay his royal hand upon the ailing subjects and make them whole --
     a crowd of wretched souls
  That stay his cure:  their malady convinces
  The great essay of art; but at his touch,
  Such sanctity hath Heaven given his hand,
  They presently amend,

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The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911


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