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Halloween Classics

We know how Pat is devoted to literacy, education, and learning. Of course, me being a former English and literature teacher, is a perfect segue for some culture with classic Shakespeare . . .

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Macbeth à la P Buckley Moss

"Spirited Friends" begin

the classic chant;

with "Purfect Witches"

they do incant . . .

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Macbeth, Act IV, Scene I
[Round about the cauldron go]


William Shakespeare


The three witches, casting a spell ~

Round about the cauldron go;   
In the poison’d entrails throw.   
Toad, that under cold stone    
Days and nights hast thirty one   
Swelter’d venom sleeping got,   
Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot.  

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

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"Magic in the Air I" feel it

I do . . .

As scary witches prepare

their nightly brew . . .

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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.

"Magic in the Air II" 

recites her portion . . .

stirring up the

deadly potion . . .

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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.

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"Bippity, Boppity, Boo" 

Does this spooky incantation

scare you? . . .

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

"The Good Witch" 

with broom in hand,

sweeps up round her

jack-o-lantern . . .

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Beware the 


along your way,

as we approach a haunted

Halloween day!



Click the Smithsonian Institute image of William Shakespeare to read a PDF of 

"The Tragedy of Macbeth"

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