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– St. Catherine of Siena

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Notable Quotes: The Witch's Cauldron Scene from Macbeth by William Shakespeare

I started reading Shakespeare’s Macbeth (it’s hardly my first time reading it) while I take another break from Dante’s Purgatorio.  Here’s a quick quote that’s perfect for Halloween, the witch’s cauldron scene. 

SCENE I. A cavern. In the middle, a boiling cauldron.
Thunder. Enter the three Witches

Round about the cauldron 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.

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 owlet'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
Silver'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.

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

Enter HECATE to the other three Witches
O well done! I commend your pains;
And every one shall share i' the gains;
And now about the cauldron sing,
Live elves and fairies in a ring,
Enchanting all that you put in.

Music and a song: 'Black spirits,' & c
HECATE retires
By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.
Open, locks,
Whoever knocks!


 I stopped the quote as Macbeth enters the scene.  Scary!  Now get ready to really be scared.  Here’s a video clip of the scene.

Hope you had a horror filled Halloween. ;)


  1. Gee! I was sure that I had written a little something here on a different topic but it must have been sinner vic who hypnotized us (usual sinners) and his penalty for "IT" is "Death" and so he no longer exist.


    I hear YA Manny! At least, I didn't hit the down button on YA NOW so "don’t be a jerk about it"! :)

    Just kidding Manny! I'm sure that I must have forgot to hit the send button but then again, there's no telling what the demon hackers can conger up on Halloween.

    God Bless you and your family Manny and please keep praying for me.

    1. Victor you did comment, just not here. Your comment was in the Poe House of Usher post and for some reason you were "Anonymous."

      I haven't tried your links yet. I will when I have a little more time.

  2. Thanks Manny! I'm going to check it out cause right now I'm thinking that it must have been the hackers having a little Halloween fun with me. (lol)

    I hear YA! Remember Victor that you are also getting older and old people are allowed to make mistakes now and then! :)

    God Bless Peace

    1. Glad to hear your son-in-law is better Victor. I've been preoccupied this week with my mother in the hospital and now staying over with her for a few days to make sure she can handle being alone. She's doing better too.

  3. Gee! You hit a soft spot there Manny cause I've got the picture of my mother on my wall who died about nine years ago at the age of almost 87 years young.

    I still recall the beautiful story that you wrote about your mother and that's one of the reasons that I took a liking to YA. :)

    She must be very proud of you.

    I'll keep praying

    1. Not sure how proud she is. I wasn't really going to get into the story, but I've decided I will in tomorrow's Matthew Monday. Stay tuned.