Welcome to October 2013…Enter 3 Witches

Breathe in the magical air of autumn. Breathe out all doubts and fears. Stand tall. Refuse to accept a mundane existence. Bring the boil. Forget the trouble. Fire up your cauldron. Feel the bubble.Witchy FeetMACBETH, Act 4, Scene 1

Thunder. Enter the three WITCHES.

 First Witch
 Thrice the brinded cat hath mew’d.

 Second Witch
 Thrice and once the hedge-pig whined.

 Third Witch
 Harpier cries “‘Tis time, ’tis time.”

 First Witch
 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.

 Second Witch
 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.

 Third 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 ingredients of our cauldron.

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

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

 Enter HECATE and the other three

 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.

 [Exit HECATE.]

 Second Witch
 By the pricking of my thumbs,
 Something wicked this way comes.

—William Shakespeare

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