Friday, October 31, 2014

Poem of the Day: "Song of the Witches" by William Shakespeare

In keeping with the spirit of Halloween, the Songs of Eretz Poem of the Day chosen for October 31, 2014 is "Song of the Witches" by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616).  This well known, spooky sonnet, perhaps made even more well known by the Hogwarts Choir in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, is excerpted from Macbeth Act IV Scene 1 http://www.hp-lexicon.org/hogwarts/choir.html.  Happy Halloween!

Song of the Witches
(from Macbeth)
William Shakespeare

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.

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