William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

Song of the Witches: "Double, double toil and trouble"

Poem by William Shakespeare

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron 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.
Cool it with a baboon's blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.


Comments about Song of the Witches: "Double, double toil and trouble" by William Shakespeare

  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (2/11/2019 8:43:00 PM)

    'The Song of the Witches'- an appropriate title of the poem.
    A nice, rhyming sonnet about the three witches of Macbeth.(Report)Reply

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (2/11/2019 6:51:00 PM)

    Shakespear probably had as much fun writing it as we have reading it.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (2/11/2019 1:26:00 PM)

    The charm is firm! ! !


    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian Flett (2/11/2019 9:04:00 AM)

    The famous witches' brew. An awesome recipe.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (2/11/2019 7:40:00 AM)

    Excellent rhyme with intriguing lines. A sort of masterpiece of the great poet.(Report)Reply

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair(DPN) (2/11/2019 7:15:00 AM)

    The poem opens before us the great Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'. Macbeth was much tempted by the words of the witches. The poem is a typical example of Shakespeare's masterly craftsmanship of bringing double meaning in conversation and sensuous and intellectual rhyming(Report)Reply

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  • Tom Allport (2/11/2019 7:01:00 AM)

    A special recipe for an evil brew something which 'tis true?(Report)Reply

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  • Prabir GayenPrabir Gayen (2/11/2019 5:37:00 AM)

    Extraordinary mind can create such rhyme.......(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (2/11/2019 4:12:00 AM)

    amazing witching song..............(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (2/11/2019 12:52:00 AM)

    Simply marvelous poem by one of the greatest poets of all time William Shakespeare.
    Onto my poemlist....(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (2/11/2019 12:32:00 AM)

    What a sorcery to produce the charm f1rm and good! Only Shakespeare can do with his 1mag1nat1on!(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (4/26/2016 9:14:00 AM)

    ......beautifully composed and rhymes very nicely ★(Report)Reply

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  • Fabrizio FrosiniFabrizio Frosini (11/21/2015 5:00:00 AM)

    'Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble' is one of the most popular lines in English literature.

    At the beginning of Act IV, the three witches chant 'double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble' while stirring a cauldron and casting a magic spell (Act IV, Scene I, Lines 10-11) . These lines serve as a reminder that their speech is full of double meanings and contradictions. Some of the major characters in the story, including Malcolm, Macduff, and Lady Macbeth, can be seen as foils or doubles for Macbeth. At times, Lady Macbeth takes on Macbeth's role, especially when she takes on the guilt Macbeth should have had for his behavior.
    (Shamekia Thomas)(Report)Reply

    Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee(2/11/2019 4:13:00 AM)

    Yeah; right, good explanation

    Mohammed Asim Nehal(2/11/2019 3:29:00 AM)

    A fantastic explanation.

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  • Fabrizio FrosiniFabrizio Frosini (11/21/2015 4:58:00 AM)

    from Macbeth, Act 4, Scene 1

    Three of the most pivotal characters in the play Macbeth are the witches, who serve in many ways as one character. Throughout the play, the witches, also known as the weird sisters, tempt Macbeth to behave in evil ways. At the beginning of the play, the three witches predict and tell Macbeth that he will one day become king. Because of their prophecy, Macbeth and his wife decide to kill the king in order to make the prediction come true. After Macbeth is crowned king, he returns to the witches several times to have them predict the rest of his future.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, November 20, 2015