From Egyptian Secrets of Albertus Magnus, Joseph H. Peterson edition:
How to cause a Thief to return Stolen Goods.
Proceed early in the morning, before sunrise, to a pear tree, and take three nails from a bier, or nails of a hoof which have never been used, and hold up the nails toward the rising of the sun, and speak as follows:
O, thief! I fasten thee with this first nail! I fasten it into thy brow and skull, that what thou hast stolen thou must return to the place from which it was taken. Thou shalt feel so sick and so sad, at that place where thou hast committed the theft, like the disciple Judas felt when he betrayed Jesus. The other nail, which I into thy lung and liver will fasten, that thou to return the plunder will hasten, thou shalt feel so sick and feel so woe, that it will attract thee to that place to go, just like Pilate does feel the pangs of hell. The third nail thief, which into thy foot I hammer and burn, that the stolen things thou at once wilt return to the very place from whence thou hast stolen them. O, thief! I bind thee and compel thee, by these three nails, which had been thrust through Christ's holy feet and hands, to return all thou hast taken, + + + The nails must be greased with lard of penitent sinners.
The grimoire Egyptian Secrets of Albertus Magnus lists this spell.
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1725Publication of Egyptian Secrets of Albertus Magnus (lists this spell)
1869English-language translation of Egyptian Secrets (lists this spell)