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Enjoy “Song of the Witches” By William Shakespeare this Halloween

Happy Halloween! I hope you all have a fun day planned. My husband and I plan to stay home and hand out candy to those kids who brave the cold and predicted snow to trick-or-treat. I usually have hundreds of trick-or-treaters, but I’m sure there will fewer this year if our meteorologists are correct.

If you know me at all, you know that I love poetry. There’s a poem for nearly every occasion if you look hard enough. One spooky poem that I particularly love is one I learned for a school play in 6th grade. I played the lead role, a witch. One of my monologues was an excerpt from William Shakespeare’s “Song of the Witches.” I fell in love with the piece the first time I read it.

In honor of Halloween, please enjoy this haunting piece by the Bard.

Song of the Witches by William Shakespeare

From Macbeth, Act IV, Scene 1

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. Thank you for reading Ozarks Maven! If you’ve enjoyed my little seeds of wisdom and joy, please subscribe to Ozarks Maven, Like Ozarks Maven on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter @OzarksMaven.

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