Friday Poem: 'Song of the Witches'

27 October 2017

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A Friday poem for All Hallows from the Scottish Play. 

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 howlet'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. 
Cool it with a baboon's blood, 
Then the charm is firm and good.

Macbeth

Macbeth

Promised a golden future as ruler of Scotland by three sinister witches, Macbeth murders the king to ensure his ambitions are realized.  Shakespeare's classic tragedy is a story of war, witchcraft and the relationship between husband and wife, and the risks they are prepared to take to achieve their desires.

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