John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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Poet's Corner: From Macbeth

From Macbeth, Act IV, Scene I

Round about the cauldron go;
In the poison’d entrails throw.
Toad, that under cold stone
Days and nights hast thirty one
Swelter’d 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 howlet’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,
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 ingredients of our cauldron.

     Double, double toil and trouble;
     Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

William Shakespeare (1584–1616)

I'm down in the Chicago area for the weekend, and tonight my nephew and I celebrated Halloween a day early by going into the city to an elaborate (and pricey) haunted house at Navy Pier. (Warning: plays spooky sounds and music on loading.) It was definitely the best haunted house I'd ever been to, so I think it was worth the trip and the price. I can't say I was ever scared per se, but I was effectively creepy and I was startled more than once.

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