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  1. In Shakespeare:

    1st Witch:

    Thrice the brinded cat hath mew’d.

    2nd Witch:

    Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whin’d.

    3rd Witch

    Harpier cries:—’tis time! ’tis time!

    1st Witch:

    Round about the cauldron go:
    In the poisoned entrails throw.
    Toad, that under cold stone
    Days and nights has thirty-one
    Sweated venom sleeping got,
    Boil thou first in the charmed pot.

    All:

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

    2nd 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 blindworm’s sting,
    Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing.
    For charm of powerful trouble,
    Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

    All:
    Double,double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn and couldron bubble.

    3rd Witch:

    Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
    Witch’s mummy, maw and gulf
    Of the ravin’d salt-sea shark,
    Root of hemlock digg’d in 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 ingredients of our cauldron.

    All:
    Double,double toil and trouble,
    Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

    2nd Witch:

    Cool it with a baboon’s blood,

    Then the charm is firm and good.

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