Friday, October 31, 2008

Poetry Friday--Fair is Foul and Foul is Fair

In honor of Halloween --

Consider printing out a few copies and doing a reading with your co-workers or family.

I'd give them (and yourself) some time to read it over a bit before you do.

Or, you could read it out loud all by yourself.

Use your best witch's voice.
Get into it.

Deliciously disgusting --
so much fun --
and absolutely brilliant.

Drink up!

Witches Chant

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

Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witch's 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-strangl'd babe
Ditch-deliver'd by a drab,--
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger's chaudron,
For the ingredients of our caldron.

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

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

-- William Shakespeare

For a bit about the history of Halloween (the Celtic new year called Samhain -- pronounced Sow-in by most modern-day speakers) see Halloween History.


Note: This week's Poetry Friday Round-Up is at Poetry for Children--put your hand in the bag and pick a poetry treat!


Sally said...

Amazing - did you hear the NPR bit this evening on Shakespeare? They opened with a grammar-school class doing this as a choral piece.

Andy said...
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Sara said...

No one will ever accuse Shakespeare of pulling his punches. This is truly horrifying...and as you said, FUN to chant even as you shiver!

shelburns said...

Love it! It's great that it's Shakespeare too! Even then they tried to scare the pants off each other!

Sylvia Vardell said...

Love the formatting of Shakespeare. Thanks for participating in Poetry Friday at PoetryforChildren this Halloween! Stop by any time...