Wednesday, October 17, 2012

La Calaca a Day - #17

(Image found here)
(Rebecca is hosting La Calaca a Day for the month of October.  You can participate here.).


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.

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


brinded - having obscure dark streaks or flecks on gray gulf - the throat drab - prostitute chaudron - entrails

The above appears at the beginning of Act IV, Scene 1 as found in:



  • Shakespeare, William. The Globe Illustrated Shakespeare: The Complete Works Annotated. Howard Staunton ed. New York: Gramercy Books, 1993.
  • 4 comments:

    1. so charming this tiny kitchen filled with the pursuits of a charming witch and her grinning skelly dog! love your offering today!

      yes, the upcycled wedding couple is one of my pieces celebrating eternal love. one of those pieces where everything found itself, and practically made itself!

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      1. Thanks, Rebecca - I really love what you've created! You're so multi talented!

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