• A cavern. In the middle, a boiling cauldron. Thunder. Enter the three WITCHES.

    FIRST WITCH

    Thrice the brinded cat hath mewed.

    SECOND WITCH

    Thrice, and once the hedge-pig whined.

    THIRD WITCH

    Harpier cries, “'Tis time, ’tis time.”

    FIRST WITCH

    Round about the cauldron go,
    5In the poisoned entrails throw.
    Toad, that under cold stone
    Days and nights has thirty-one
    Sweltered venom sleeping got,
    Boil thou first i' th' charmèd pot.

    ALL

    10Double, 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,
    15Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
    Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
    Lizard’s leg and owlet’s wing,
    For a charm of powerful trouble,
    Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

    ALL

    20Double, double toil and trouble,
    Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
  • A cavern. In the middle, a boiling cauldron. Thunder. The three WITCHES enter.

    FIRST WITCH

    The tawny cat has meowed three times.

    SECOND WITCH

    Three times. And the hedgehog has whined once.

    THIRD WITCH

    My spirit friend, Harpier, is yelling, “It’s time, it’s time!”

    FIRST WITCH

    Dance around the cauldron and throw in the poisoned entrails. (holding up a toad) You’ll go in first—a toad that sat under a cold rock for a month, oozing poison from its pores.

    ALL

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

    SECOND WITCH

    (holding something up) We’ll boil you in the cauldron next—a slice of swamp snake. All the rest of you in too: a newt’s eye, a frog’s tongue, fur from a bat, a dog’s tongue, the forked tongue of an adder, the stinger of a burrowing worm, a lizard’s leg, an owl’s wing. (speaking to the ingredients) Make a charm to cause powerful trouble, and boil and bubble like a broth of hell.

    ALL

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