Sliver’d In The Moon’s Eclipse

WP Daily Prompters ask: What’s your go-to comfort food?

It’s now 100 Days to Halloween, so without going into it in great detail  when I was asked about comfort food

my thoughts jumped-very enthusiastically,  to this tasty Halloween snack.

My thoughts and a few of my taste buds landed on the Witch’s Cauldron from Macbeth and all that is stewing and bubbling away inside of it.

Yes. Yes, Yes. I get it. The Cauldron and the hideous mess inside of it represents the inside of Macbeth’s head. On the other hand:

The Witch’s Cauldron and all of the darkness stewing away inside of it represents  what is stewing in Macbeth’s head.

Yum. Yum.

Scene of Three Witches from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, George Cattermole, 1800 – 1868

Witches’ Chant (from Macbeth)

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.


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.

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 there to a tiger’s chaudron,
For ingredients of our cauldron.

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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