Sunday #Poetry: Three Witches, from Macbeth

“Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes.”
~Joseph Roux


Three Witches – Macbeth
~ William Shakespeare

A dark Cave. In the middle, a Caldron boiling. Thunder.

                Enter the three Witches.
1 WITCH. Thrice the brinded cat hath mew’d.

       2 WITCH. Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whin’d.

       3 WITCH. Harpier cries:—’tis time! ’tis time!

       1 WITCH. 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!

       ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;

    Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

       2 WITCH. 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.

       ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;

    Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

       3 WITCH. 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.

       ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;

    Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

Published by L.J.K. Oliva

L.J.K. Oliva writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance, with a heavy dash of suspense. She likes her whiskey strong, her chocolate dark, and her steak bloody. Most of all, L.J.K. likes monsters... and knows the darkest ones don't live in closets.

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