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In a Danish mystery play of the 16th century, the executioner announces to St Dorothy (who has already been whipped, burnt and stretched with tongs):

'I shall now hang you by your feet, And with the strongest rope you tie To twist your arms and legs a-wry. And stifle your mouth from all breath, And finally torture you to death.'

Quoted Bamber Gascoigne World Theatre, Michael Joseph 1968, page 77

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