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Interjection used to express astonishment; Westmoreland.
--Joseph Wright's English Dialect Dictionary, 1896-1905


On this date in 1676, sentence was imposed on the leader of England's Muggletonians, a sect that employed Revelation II:3, "And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and three-score days, clothed in sackcloth," to prepare its followers for the Second Coming. Thomas Blount's Law Dictionary and Glossary (1691) described them as a "blasphemous sect which began about the year 1657 when Lodowic Muggleton, a journeyman tailor, and one [John] Reeve declared themselves the last two witnesses of God that ever should be upon the earth, and that they had absolute power to save and damn whom they pleased; to which end, one called himself 'the blessing,' and the other 'the cursing prophet.' Reeve died unpunish'd, but Muggleton was sentenc'd at the Old Bailey, January [18] 1676, to stand on the pillory, was fined £500." Muggleton once wrote, "There is no other Satan to tempt God or man but the motions and words that proceed from the seed of reason in man and woman."

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