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Monday, February 22, 2010


We learnt about William Shakespeare in history last week and for a couple of months N has been memorizing a couple of speeches from Macbeth, one by Macbeth and one by the three witches. The family we do history with were brilliantly surprised and impressed when he rattled off the speeches during our discussion and N was very pleased with himself. The witches speech is as follows:

Double, 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,
Wool 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.

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

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

I assume as the history lesson is written for a younger audience they changed a couple of the lines to make it appropriate so this wasn't the exact speech he learnt. N's favourite part was yesterday we made the concoction while he again recited the speech - it was so funny!

Ingredients - Fillet of a fenny snake, eye of newt, tongue of dog, owlet's wing, gall of goat, scale of dragon, tooth of wolf and severed fingers.

Mixing the charm while reciting the poem amid lots of laughter and K sneaking bits of anatomy when she thought no-one was looking.

Drinking the baboon's blood (cranberry juice)

The final charm!

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