31 October 2011

Double Double Toil and Trouble

Happy Halloween! 
Halloween means Shakespeare to me.
If I were to go back to high school forensics,
I would LOVE to have chosen this instead of
the boring ol' Emily Dickenson poem that I performed.
Nothing against Emily Dickenson but how
fun would it have been to do this,
playing the part of all 3 witches? 
Ooh, the evil I would have brewed!
(check out the pumpkin patterns at the end!)

 Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd.
       Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whin'd.
      Harpier cries:—'tis time! 'tis time!
       Round about the caldron go;
    In the poison'd entrails throw.—
    Toad, that under cold stone,
    Days and nights has thirty-one;
    Swelter'd venom sleeping got,
    Boil thou first i' the charmed pot!
      Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
       Fillet of a fenny snake,
    In the caldron 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 caldron 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 ingrediants of our caldron.
      Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
       Cool it with a baboon's blood,
    Then the charm is firm and good.

Follow this link for free pumpkin patterns
Other patterns are listed for a price but lots of ideas there!


Katy Cameron said...

As I spent most of my school years living pretty near to Stratford Upon Avon, we got quite a lot (read that as we thought far too much!) Shakespeare at school, including school trips to see the RSC performing the play du jour, but I think the best performance I ever got to see was at the Ludlow festival where they performed MacBeth in the ruined castle. The witches were perched up on a ruined tower able to cackle and boil their cauldron whilst overlooking the stage where the action was going on. And then we did it at school and over-analysed it to death - ugh!

Debbie said...

Thanks...I loved reading this out loud just now. Brought back memories of years and years ago....and to think my husband thrw out my broom this weekend. He wanted to get me a new model, but it just doesn't sit the same. Happy haunting.

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