(I'm going to try and pick up ABC Wednesdays again, since I lost my way on it last year. I've missed 'A', but coming in on the second letter of the alphabet isn't too bad considering how this year is going so far!)
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog
From Shakespeare's Macbeth, of course, though the better-known lines are
Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
I first saw this performed on stage during a field trip with my high school Senior English class, in which we were of course studying the text at the time. Having always been attracted to the creepy, the dark, and the scary, I LOVED this scene. (I loved it so much, I believe it had a great deal to do with my ongoing love of Shakespeare.) The lighting was dark and the stage obscured by floating mist. The Witches were scary in their rags and warts, and the huge cauldron was properly glowing with an eerie green light. Delightful!
I obviously still have fond memories of the scene, despite the stereotypes perpetuated by it, and how offensive I find them since becoming a Witch myself. (And it begs the question, do we judge literature by our own standards or by the standards of the time in which it was written?)
Anybody up for bat wool or dog's tongues? (I happen to have two of the last item just lying around! ;> )