Song of the Witches (Macbeth) by William Shakespeare

Excerpted from Macbeth Act IV, Scene I, Song of the Witches is a great pick to recite for Halloween!

Image credit: Daniel Gardner Witches Round the Cauldron (1775), Wikimedia Commons

Round about the cauldron go:

In the poisoned entrails throw.

Toad, that under cold stone

Days and nights has thirty-one

Sweated 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 owlet'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,

Witch's 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.

 

Cool it with a baboon's blood,

Then the charm is firm and good.

 

Resource:

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