Double, double toil and trouble

This my favorite from William Shakespeare. Some years ago my husband and I visited Stratford upon Avon.

Macbeth, Act IV, Scene I [Round about the cauldron go]

William Shakespeare, 1564 – 1616

The three witches, casting a spell

Round about the cauldron go; In the poison’d entrails throw. Toad, that under cold stone Days and nights hast thirty one Swelter’d venom sleeping got, Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot. Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble. Fillet of a fenny snake, In the cauldron boil and bake; Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble. Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf, Witches’ mummy, maw and gulf Of the ravin’d salt-sea shark, Root of hemlock digg’d i’ the dark, Liver of blaspheming Jew, Gall of goat, and slips of yew Sliver’d in the moon’s eclipse, Nose of Turk, and Tartar’s lips, Finger of birth-strangled babe Ditch-deliver’d by a drab, Make the gruel thick and slab: Add thereto a tiger’s chaudron, For the ingredients of our cauldron. Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

This poem is in the public domain.

William Shakespeare

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bettylouise31
    Oct 29, 2014 @ 17:46:37

    I remember this science from High School English our teacher named Miss Semple acted out the 3 witches part for the class.
    Because of the name noted for her acting the students had a balled with name. She started each class letting us know her name was Semple not Simple.

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  2. Sandi
    Oct 29, 2014 @ 19:06:14

    The Shakespeare quote and your Halloween header are great! Meanwhile, we somehow have failed to buy pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns. Aargh!!

    Reply

  3. Project Easier
    Oct 29, 2014 @ 19:52:48

    I love Macbeth and his witches! I used to teach it in high school and it was soooo fun. Happy Halloween!

    Reply

  4. oxygen4thejourney
    Oct 30, 2014 @ 15:38:38

    I played a role in the play in highschool. Thanks for the revisit of memories 🙂

    Reply

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